January 14 - April 30, 2023
The Whole World Is a Garden by Monica Chang explores a simplistic idea which could easily be overlooked in countless occasions: becoming one with nature and the surrounding environment is essential in order to enjoy life at its fullest.
Chang takes inspiration from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an Indian humanitarian and spiritual leader, frequently referred to as “Sri Sri” (sh-ree sh-ree), who founded the Art of Living Foundation in 1981, a volunteer-based NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides social support to the people. It is an understated, yet well-recognized, belief that happiness in life cannot be achieved by fulfilling it with materialistic things, but by surrounding oneself with nature and people. She quotes Sri Sri by commenting, “The day you realize that the whole world is your house –the sky your roof, the earth your floor, and that each tree is part of your garden— then, you will truly be at home.” Such words were the foundation for The Whole World Is a Garden.
Composed of nearly 40 picturesque paintings, this exhibition is prepared to awaken or make a significant connection with its viewers in their raw experience; denoting peace and liveliness. Chang’s soft but colorful strokes depict sceneries with a wide range of flowers and other elements of nature such as colorful sunny or night skies, ponds, hummingbirds and butterflies. The paintings come together to make her memories, feelings, and dreams become history through art.
Chang’s paintings emulate her imagination in an artist fashion that seduces and challenges the viewer. The integrated feminine figures in these floral mosaics may remind the viewer of Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s work during his golden age, and the free-spirited will of French Post-Impressionistic painter Henri Rousseau’s work. This is translated in compositions that defy traditional scales and, in with an enthusiastic use of color, also attempt to exceed the margins of the cloth.
Exhibit statement provided by artist Monica Chang”
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