A Korean Artist Finds Her Calling Creating Art Cloth


by Jane Przybysz, Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

August 4, 2007

If you like your art minimalist, monumental, and meditative, you need to get yourself over to the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University between now and August 19th. The Museum is presenting Variations of Grass, Light, and the Wind: The Plant Dye Art of Kim Jung Hwa, an exhibit of art cloth. With tones both earthy and ethereal, alternately flowing and exploding across huge swaths of cloth, Hwa‚Äôs work powerfully evokes the elements in their majesty and fury. The de Saisset has done its best to give the work the space it commands and adequate lighting on each of its three floors. But I’m still waiting to see this master Korean dyer‚Äôs work installed in one cavernous space more akin to a hangar at Moffett Airfield, dramatically lit for the theater that is life.


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