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Artist Statement:

Eva Kwong

“Love Between the Atoms” Series

“Love Between the Atoms” refers to the attraction between the protons and the electrons in an atom.

I see this attractive force as something that bonds us all together in this world. It is this attractive force which forms bonds at the subatomic level that makes thing work in the physical world that we experience. It is this attractive force that enables us to build forms with clay and to draw people together and build relationships with each other. In many ways, mutual attraction of one form or another is what enables us to connect and create interactions on microcosmic as well as macrocosmic levels, from the physical to the emotional.

I am interested in the interconnection of the myriad of layers in the world, from microcosm to macrocosm. Maybe it is because I grew up with both eastern and western cultures. I was brought up with the traditional Chinese concept of yin and yang that underlies all life forms and energies. This was discussed everyday by my grandmother who also passed on to me the joy of making things. Growing up in Hong Kong and New York, I learned to look at everything through the lens of both cultures.

This interest of opposite ways of perception, the intertwining of dualities has informed all my work for several decades since I was student. I am interested in the juxtaposition of mass/space, land/air, solid/hollow, male and female forms. I feel I am a hybrid hovering between opposites.

My work-study experience at the Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab in the 70s sparked my continued interest in forms and concepts from nature. Most of my inspirations for my work come from my direct observation of things in nature and within my life. Often it starts from a question or thought about some human experience; for example, pondering about how our bodies function under the skin or fertility and mortality. My artwork is a way to understand myself and the interpenetration of the worlds within and around us all.

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