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Miya Ando
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo



ARTIST STATEMENT: The sublime metal canvases and sculptures of New York-based artist MIYA ANDO articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of Ando’s practice is the transformation of surfaces. A descendant of Bizen sword makers, she was raised among sword smiths and Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Applying traditional techniques of her ancestry, she skillfully transforms sheets of burnished industrial steel, using heat and chemicals, into ephemeral abstractions suffused with subtle gradations of color. She says: “I have a deep appreciation for the dynamic properties of metal and its ability to reflect light. Metal simultaneously conveys strength and permanence and yet in the same instant can appear delicate, fragile, luminous, soft, ethereal. The medium becomes both a contradiction and juxtaposition for expressing notions of evanescence, including ideas such as the transitory and ephemeral nature of all things, quietude and the underlying impermanence of everything.” Miya Ando received a bachelor degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed at the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California's Public Art Academy in 2009. Ando is the recipient of many awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited extensively all over the world, including a recent show curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum. Miya Ando has produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Reflection Cube Blue Purple
    2013
    Hand Dyed anodized solid aluminum

  • Sabi [Rust]
    2012
    Steel, pigment, patina, lacquer

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  • "Obon" (Puerto Rico)
    Phosphorescence and Resin on Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa) Skeleton leaves

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  • 9/11 Memorial Sculpture made with found object (Steel from The World Trade Center)
    2011
    Steel Girders recovered from The World Trade Center Buildings.

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  • "Emptiness The Sky" (Shou Sugi Ban) 56th Venice Biennale, "Frontiers Reimagined"
    2015
    Charred Wood, Metal paintings

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