Saturday, May 10, 2008

shiao-ping wang: new paintings

Last night was the opening reception for a beautiful exhibiton of new paintings by Shiao-Ping Wang and sculpture by M. Turner. The gallery was pleasantly packed with friends, family, artists and art enthusiasts alike. It was also pleasure to see many of my old, errhhh, former professors from UNH!

The show will be up thru June 9th, in the meantime, you can also take a look at the works from the show


Shiao-Ping was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 1981. She studied both Western art and Chinese art in New York and earned a MFA degree from Queens College, City University of New York. She works both abstractly and from observation in various painting media. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and China. She has taught painting and drawing in various colleges including the University of New Hampshire. In 2007 Shiao-Ping won a Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center.

"I am most interested in growth and change when I make art. I find patterns fascinating: when a few shapes accumulate in large numbers the appearance and energy of the image becomes wholly different.More often than not the gathering (or “swarming”) of shapes develops intuitively without planned organizations on my part. However, nature often emerges in my work through the movements and textures I see in the environment around me. The layers of paint and material I use generate the physical change in the process that is very interesting to observe, just like the change of seasons.I see a color either “float” or “sink” on the flat surface of the canvas, always moving and changing in many directions. For this reason I use acrylic paint and a vinyl paint, called Flashe, to obtain both glossy (acrylic) and matte (Flashe) surfaces for a vision that is constantly changing."


Melissa earned a MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in MI and has taught at Mass Art and most recently Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, ME.

"In making art, as in any language, we strive to find a way to understand our environment and to connect through our experience. Interpretation becomes the focus of an idea. Through inquiry, series of conflicts arise and choices are made that dictate formal result. But resolution is difficult when endless other options lie as unused raw material. I do not set out to produce a particular piece. With the accumulation of coils, I draw these shapes in three dimensions. It is from within the ongoing process of examination and drawing that the art object truly emerges. It is the rare and exquisite result of an intense interaction with one’s deepest interests."