Kyoung Ae Cho is engaged in a conversation with nature. Encompassing sculpture, installation, and fiber-based works, her art is grounded in an intimate dialogue with her materials. Cho starts each piece by mindfully gathering and preparing organic matter and objects of little value, attending to the way their physical properties reveal patterns of growth and change. As she explains, “Each meditative, repetitive gesture, each cut, stitch, and placement is part of the experience of merging the natural and the man-made, the physical and the spiritual.” At a time when we are facing the twin crises of intense climate change and species loss, the humility and tenderness of her process offer both hope and inspiration.
For this exhibition, Cho is showing a new series of textile works created with her family's recycled clothing. The same patient, collaborative approach she takes with natural materials is present in these newest pieces.
Learn more at a free gallery talk with Kyoung Ae Cho and Dakota Mace on Sunday, October 23 at 2pm.
Read an interview with Kyoung Ae Cho in the fall issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas.
Kyoung Ae Cho, Spring, 2019. Leaves collected in spring, burn marks, thread, matte medium, and Korean rice paper on canvas, 12 by 12 inches.
Kyoung Ae Cho, Paused, 2022. Dandelion seeds, silk organza, rayon thread; hand stitched. 500+ 2 x 2 x 2 inch cubes