Week 3-Artist Interview-Yireh Elaine Kwak


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.


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:


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.


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.


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


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