Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd, 5-7:30 PM
Imago Galleries presents Loretta H. Yang, contemporary Chinese artist and pioneer within the field of Liuli art. In 1987, Yang was a founder of Liuli Gongfang, a contemporary glass studio in Taiwan dedicated to traditional Chinese glassware. The name originates from Liuli, an age-old form of Chinese glasswork which the studio sought to revive. After many years and much trial and error, Yang was able to master the pâte-de-verre or lost-wax casting method for creating her glassworks, which she continues to this day. Typically used in metal sculpture, the lost-wax casting method is a process in which a facsimile of a sculpture is cast from an original work. Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, her works are the medium for a metaphysical message surrounding concepts of impermanence and the freedom of the now.
Works by the artist are featured in the permanent collection of London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City. In 2001, The Bowers Museum exhibited Trilogy of Glasswork, where Yang was exhibited alongside the renowned artist Dale Chihuly.