Week 3-Artist Interview-Yireh Elaine Kwak

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This week I had the opportunity to admire “Harmony and Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes,” by Yireh Elaine Kwak and Maryann Gonzalez.

I interviewed Yireh Elaine Kwak on her art work. She said that she began painting in her early twenties. The paintings in “Harmony and Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes” are inspired by the landscapes around her house. Her house is up on a hill, so this gives her the advantage of having a great view of the environment around her.

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As one can see from the paintings above, her paintings are influenced by nature. Yireh said that she would go to her backyard, to start painting, and then she would finish a painting in her studio, and paint from memory. In conclusion, her paintings are a combination of observation and memory. For the painting above, it took Yireh a whole semester to finish. While painting the above painting, Yireh would occasionally need to step away from the painting and refresh her mind. As a result, Yireh created the following pieces:

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Yireh said that creating those pieces helped her to relax and relieve stress. I, personally, like the red one. Especially since if one looks close enough, there seems to be a heart in the middle. Here is a photo with a better view:

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Yireh also paints smaller paintings; and she says that the thing that she enjoys about the smaller paintings is that they’re lightweight. This makes it easier for her to carry the paintings around.

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The reason to why the gallery has its named is that Yireh is the “harmony,” and Maryann is the “discordance.” Below are some paintings by Maryann Gonzalez, whom I did not have the honor of meeting.

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I enjoyed looking at the paintings and thinking about their meanings.

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