Artist

CAST AND STONEWARE WITH STEEL BASE

An American sculptor of Chinese descent, I am inspired by the art of ancient China and Japan.

One fortuitous day, more than two decades ago, I happened upon a solo exhibition of works created by renowned ceramic artist Akio Takemori. The show, full of his masterful, painted stoneware figures, truly changed my world. I knew I would never think about or see things in the same way.

I was astounded by the feeling .....

One fortuitous day, more than two decades ago, I happened upon a solo exhibition of works created by renowned ceramic artist Akio Takemori. The show, full of his masterful, painted stoneware figures, truly changed my world. I knew I would never think about or see things in the same way.

I was astounded by the feeling of complete serenity in Takemori’s art. The expressions on his faces and the gestures in his figurative poses communicate absolute tranquility.  Akio Takemori portrays a perfect world of quiet happiness.

In 2009, I made a major change in my life. I moved from the exciting but chaotic world of Manhattan, where I had been a clothing designer, to the slow and peaceful environment of Florida to become a sculptor.  Although my style and execution is vastly different than Takemori’s, especially the cast glass elements and the attention to costume detail, I nonetheless strive to capture the “inner calm” of his work in mine.

It is difficult to place my art, sometimes referred to as “Asian Figurative Sculpture,” neatly into the spectrum of the art world as it is both old and new. Ancient in its origins, subjects and some of its materials, my work is also contemporary in its use of cast glass as a significant element of its design.

In ancient times, figurative sculpture was made in ceramics, stone and wood and I have followed that tradition by using clay for my bodies. In old China, glass was used only for religious artifacts and decorative ornaments; its purpose to mimic jade. In contrast, I employ glass as glass to create my head, hands and feet, a contemporary use of materials.

An American of Chinese descent, I have been primarily inspired by the historic paintings and sculptures of the women and children of the Tang and Song dynasties of China and the Heian and Edo Periods in Japan. This explains the subjects in my work, the child emperors, the women and children of the royal courts and Samurai warriors.

With Asian features and formal poses, my figures are elaborately clothed in garments replete with Chinese and Japanese patterns and motifs. Inspired by historic textile designs, the surfaces are purposely distressed or “antiqued”. Their style and color, however, have been influenced by my career as a fashion designer.

The glass hands, feet and heads of my figures give them an almost intangible quality and the sculptures a haunting look, mirroring historic Asian paintings and sculptures. Extravagantly embellished with semi-precious stones and crystals, my work reflects the opulence and pageantry of centuries-old court life. A contemporary expression of ancient art.

– Vivian Wang, 2018

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
46th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22