What: New Exhibition:
Eloquent Silences: Kyoung Ae Cho,
Textiles and Wood Sculpture
When: September 19, 2006 - November 12, 2006
Where: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
The Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, will present a solo exhibition of 36 fiber, wood and mixed-media sculptures by Korean-born artist Kyoung Ae Cho. The artist will give a public presentation about her work at the museum on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:00pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Steeped in the traditions of fiber art, quilting and needlework, Cho’s sculptures and wall installations are derived from observing the forms and growth patterns of trees, leaves and other natural entities. "My works are the result of conversations between myself and nature," says the artist, who gathers and transforms natural materials like wood, leaves and pine needles to create meditative and subtle works of art. "I always think of nature as having a personality, with its own language, whether it is expressed by shape, pattern, color, texture, form, scale, smell, sound or temperature and its changes," she says. "My works have been made while searching for and exploring a common language that I could share with nature." Cho’s work eloquently emphasizes nature’s production of forms and patterns, as she gathers, stitches and carefully places small elements like twigs, leaves, pine needles and seeds in serial patterns. “I believe that in order to understand the whole,” the artist says, “it is essential to understand the smaller elements that make up the whole.”
A highly regarded fiber artist and sculptor whose works have been exhibited worldwide, Kyoung Ae Cho was born in Onyang, South Korea in 1963. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Duksung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea in 1986 and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA in 1991. She has taught at Kansas City Art Institute, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft and lectured internationally at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Tyler School of Art, the Detroit College of Art and Design, Seoul National University, Chungang University and Duksung Women's University in South Korea.
Cho lives in Milwaukee, where she is associate professor in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the recipient of 2004 UW-Milwaukee Foundation Graduate School Research Award, a 1997 Lillian Elliott Award and a 1995 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She received the Award of Excellence from Quilt National 1997 for her work Aged; covered by wisdom, which is included in the Tweed Museum exhibition.
Eloquent Silences: Kyoung Ae Cho, Textiles and Wood Sculpture is funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board from an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature. The artist’s lecture and residency is presented in conjunction with the UMD Art & Design Lecture Series, which is supported by the UMD School of Fine Arts John and Mary Gonska Cultural Fund, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Duluth Best Western Edgewater Motel.