Stanford Art Spaces
April 6, 1999 to June 10, 1999
Mirang grew up in Korea, with granite stone mountains everywhere. Korean ancestors carved Buddha statues on the big boulders of the mountains, an art that required patience and skill. To many Koreans, boulders and Buddha statues are correlated.
While Americans throw pennies into fountains for their wishes, Mirang grew up throwing rocks, usually found on mountain trails, onto rock piles. This practice came from a popular belief called Shamanism. She looked for the largest rocks so that her biggest wishes could come true.
"I love rocks, their sturdiness, their unique shape, face, and feeling. They are solid and independent, signifying courage and strength. Rocks are simple, pure, calm, and tenacious. Even a tiny pebble has its individual stubborn character." Her paintings create a universe full of rocks and boulders. These rocks are not mere copies of natural ones. "They are a pure metamorphosis of myself." They are living beings that express Mirang's desires and loneliness, that carry out her will.
Mirang has several degrees, including a PhD from Université de Paris. Her work has been exhibited in France and the US.