While most artists who create large-scale murals work with paints, brushes, and varied illustrating tools, Brooklyn-based Korean artist Ran Hwang uses buttons, beads, and pins, carefully aligning each component to produce some incredibly ambitious results. The artist recreates images of temples and cherry blossoms, which both echo Asian and Buddhist motifs, by hammering down thousands of pins adorned with tiny embellishments like sequins into wood panels.
We've seen Hwang's meticulous, awe-inspiring installations in the past and are pleased to see that her newer works are equally astonishing. Her sculptural murals exude a refined style accomplished through a strong balance of precision and patience. Each mural is as much a work of art for spectators to marvel at as it is a meditative process for Hwang to experience through repetitive motions, when creating each piece. She explains her artistic method by saying, “The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen.”