99.9% green art
99.9% green art
Growing up in the South Wan was taught to be thrifty. Nothing was discarded if it had an ounce of life in it. Clothes, tools and toys were all passed down. Maybe this explains her reluctance to be wasteful or take anything to the trash.
Wan has been a “green” artist her whole life without realizing it until recently. When discovering mixed media collage she found her calling, an outlet of expression and a purpose for all her “found and saved objects.”
Her art is about recycling, repurposing and reinventing. Her work demonstrates skill and willingness to experiment using a variety of very unconventional materials.
She does this out of a need to change things, create her own order and revisit the past. Wan looks at what others may see as trash and sees possibilities.
Through her art she has found a way to transform the mundane into the sublime, the discarded into the collectable, and the unappreciated, tossed aside parts of life into beauty. She sees art in almost any object.
Wan is a mixed media artist whose work has been featured in shows and has won numerous awards, the latest being The Members Hall of Fame Award on Ovation TV and two assemblages accepted in The CPCC Recycled Art Show.
Wan studied art at the Governor’s School of North Carolina at Salem College in Winston Salem North Carolina. She has also studied at The Penland School of Crafts, Spirit Square, the Mint Museum and CPCC in Charlotte North Carolina. She has worked with many nationally known collage and mixed media artists. She has a degree in design and a horticulture technology degree specializing in landscape design.
Wan has taught decorative painting classes at CPCC in Charlotte and art classes in the CMS school system. She also teaches painting, mixed media and collage privately.
Her mixed media collages consist of, but are not limited to:
paint, paper, wood, glass, photography, metal, fiber and found objects.
She also incorporates many of her unique decorative painting techniques to achieve unlimited effects.
Wan's workshop at BCAC will be held Sept. 26th from 10am to 4pm. Cost for the class is $110 and the Materials List can be viewed by clicking here.