You are probably pondering on one question – What is fashionable mural? I just thought of describing Ran Hwang’s work as fashionable since she is fond of using materials in the fashion world comprised of thousands of beads, buttons and pins. Seeing her work leaves me with much admiration but what I admire most about this artist is how she describes her works. I can’t help but share the artist’s statement posted on her website, which says:
I create large icons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry. The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen. My works are divided into two groups. In the first, pins are used to hold buttons remain free to move and suggest the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. I choose buttons, which are as common and ordinary as human beings. In the second group of works, a massive number of pins connect yards of thread creating a negative space of the presented images, threads suggesting connections between human beings and a communication network between seemingly unlinked human experiences. The filled negative space in the absence of the positive space suggests mortality at the heart of self-recognition.