Miya Ando


Miya Ando

“The Cathedral” (The Shrine of Trees, The Sisters and The Mother”
120″ x 120″, Silk Chiffon, Charred Redwood, 2018. Museum of Art and History, Lancaster CA. Image: Miya Ando

Acknowledged for her paintings of metal substances which employ ephemerality and permanence in equal measures, American artist Miya Ando’s art forms captivate with their subtle albeit brilliant gradients of colorations. Her creative practice disperses across two and three dimensions that include abstract painting and sculpture with the addition of large-scale pieces, presented as public art which mirrors life’s transitory essence.

A practicing Buddhist, the artist informs her oeuvre with her practice principles that arrive with a concentration on the correspondence between the spectator and the artwork, also between the spectators themselves.

“My pieces exist as conduits for human experience”, explains Ando, that unite people to distinguish each in their unique manner. “My practice is built on the experiential qualities of the output. Viewers are meant to move around each of the works; interacting with them from different vantage points as a way to change the viewers’ perception with respect to light, distance, and time. Drawing from these philosophical underpinnings, I also pay acute attention to how light is expressed in space and seamlessly transfers the observations to my art.”

Haku-un 4.8, glass, 48 x 96 inches, 2018.
Photo: Elizabeth Felicella. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ARS

Frequently refining her oeuvre, Ando’s objective is to abolish any superfluous rudiments until the pieces’ core remains. This image signals her works of art as being Post Minimalist, albeit the artist refuses to simply re-establish the principles of this movement amid her installations, objects, and paintings, nevertheless extract from the identical inspirational and innovative foundations.

Crafting an artful symphony with the natural and the industrial, Ando exploits the persistent materiality of metal with ephemeral extracts of the environment. “My self-developed process of painting into the surface of the aluminum creates tranquil, mutable scenes of the atmosphere, while the glass sculptures capture cloud formations through infinitesimal fractures within. Beauty can always be found in these fleeting, temporary moments of existence.”

Ando’s body of work has provided her with international acclaim, and is recognized as one of the utmost pioneering and innovative working artists of our time, thanks to her distinctive and highly adept showcases of subtle realities.

“Clouds”, The Noguchi Museum, NYC
“Clouds”, American University Museum at The Katzen Center, Washington DC

Miya Ando Solo Exhibition: Kumo (Clouds), American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC 2018
Image courtesy of The American University Museum

Words by Katie Farley