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
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.