Artists’ heritage is represented from around the world at the Waverly Street 6th Annual International Invitational Art Show. Some artists techniques and materials are unique to their culture and therefore distinctive.
That does not mean that modern Korean-American artists, for instance, produce work that literally punctuates a particular style. Examples shown here are more subtle and very sophisticated. These artists are influenced by classical music and diverse culture that combine with their unique tool set that manifests in differentiated art.
Asian culture often expresses ideas and values through symbolism that is interpreted by understanding codes embedded in culture.
I have reviewed Eunhee Park Dickerson before and in this exhibit you may see one more example of her creative design ability as shown in the picture post.
“Eunhee's main works are abstract oil paintings, but she is not totally bound by that. She also uses figurative forms. She expresses her thoughts and concepts using sensitive lines and soft bright colors. Her techniques are rather unique using her experience with printmaking; she draws, scratches, and presses like a monotype print while oils are still wet on canvas. Her subject matter is her life, whether it is landscapes, music or her personal philosophy. She is most pleased when her reason and unexplainable emotion come together and bring balance and harmony on canvas.”
Eunhee was host to guest artist Yumi Hogan. Yumi Hogan’s artist statement explains exactly what I was trying to describe. I am thankful to have found her words.
“My work is inspired by the natural—that which is rampant, uncontrolled. The natural world remains both simple and complex, both tranquil and hostile, both pure and unchaste, both perfect and flawed. The natural is an evolution, both in landscape and humanity. It is a circle of life that has continuous paths joining each other yet wandering astray at the same moment.
Having grown up in Korea, my memories of the farmland, ever so important to the strength of the people remain vivid to me. Having moved to the Maryland area 16 years ago, the land and water around me still form a bond of past to present with daily landscapes reminiscent of past memories. In conjunction with past and present connection is my medium choice. Representing the strength and historical tradition of the Korean culture, I find Hanji paper to be the most resilient and best accepting of Sumi ink. Sumi ink and Hanji paper are definite Korean traditions as the layers of translucent ink on the textured Hanji paper build stories of life and culture. Many of my works combine the traditions with my present Annapolis landscapes.
Rather than replicate a realistic scene, I am comforted by the ambiguity that emotions allow the abstract to render. I aim to create the everyday, the unmentioned, the scenes that are rarely appreciated. My pieces are a story unfolded as though time has elapsed on one image. Each detail, each brushmark, is of a specific detail of the past or of the present. As if wandering through a dream, my images are spaced leaving plenty of room to continue dreaming. There is no focal point, no beginning, no end. Each piece delivers its own tale of continuous time.”