Mia O is a South Korean artist, currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea and her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute School of Art in New York. She was a 2003 participant in the Nagasawa Art Park Artist-in-Residence program, run by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, where she was introduced to Mokuhanga, a traditional print making process using water based ink on hand made Japanese paper. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally, including a recent purchase award by the Hawaii state Foundation for culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places. and inclusion into the Kentler International Drawing Spaces Flatfiles.
Acrylic on paper
RESPONDING TO “In The Details”
When you are near to nature, you see the phenomena of its vitality.
In this exhibition, I am showing my paintings on paper. The unconscious happenings within my thoughts are best expressed through Painting. Just as a plant or a flower does not plan for a certain expression, I seeking a form of expression that exists purely as part of its own being, as Nature intended. I approach my painting as a part of Nature, not as an imitation of it. Although the work may be considered abstract, the colors and patterns are the real feelings surrounding me, so the phenomenon of the work expresses my deep reality. I want to capture the details of minute Natural changes, such the wind, rain, or sunshine, or the cycles of blooming, falling, and decay.
STATE of ART: new work, the Hawai`i state Art Museum, Honolulu, USA 2018
Reading between the Lines, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
Japan Exhibition, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, W Yorkshire, UK 2018
The 38th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2018, Cadaqués, Spain 2018
Blue Exhibition, Cloudsartcoffee, Tokyo, Japan 2018
MOKUHANGA, Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Springs, USA 2018
Green Exhibition, Cloudsartcoffee, Tokyo, Japan 2018
Into the Fold, C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, USA 2018
Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles: New Additions, Kentler International Drawing Space,New York,USA 2017
Color: Primary to Tertiary. Site:Brookly Gallery, New York, USA 2017