Some serious pinning going on here
I was totally blown away by the installation work of the Korean-born artist Ran Hwang. Her work is made up of thousands of hand-pinned buttons and plastic to create amazing images of birds in flight. Ran Hwang’s artist statement talks about the meditative process of pinning. An interesting link between freeing the mind through meditation, linked to the visual themes of captivity and freedom…my amateur observations of course!
My immense wall installations are extremely time consuming and repetitive manual work. This is a form of meditative practice that helps me find my inner peace. Pins are used to hold buttons onto the surface to form a silhouetted image, or to disintegrate such image. No adhesive is used so the buttons are free to stay and move, which implies the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. I use buttons because they are common and ordinary, like the existence of human beings.
By hammering thousands of pins onto a wall, I discover significance of existence. Like the monks practicing Zen facing the wall, my work is a form of performance that leads to finding oneself.
See more of Ran Hwang’s work
and take a sneaky look around the great site Empty Kingdom.