My name is Meihua Yang. I come from Nanjing, China. At present I am a glass artist, designer and associate professor at Nanjing University of the Arts. As a first generation of modern glass artists in China, I have worked on glass practices and art design education for 13 years. I set up a 400 square meters glass studio with advanced equipment on campus for casting sculpture, fusion and stained glass. The studio is also an art exchange hub for students and artists from America, Europe, Asia and Australia who work on glass art. I love my work and enjoy sharing it with glass fans all over the world, and you are always welcome to visit my studio if you are in Nanjing.
I love glass art because it has various modelling as sculpture and a riot of color as painting. I love glass art also because it must adhere to the coordination of art and technology. The thickness of material and the temperature control must be accurate, or the works will break. The development of science and technology of glass materials also have a positive impact on glass art creation. I love the controllable and uncontrollable risks in glass creating process with adventure spirit.I am fond of using various processes, such as casting and fusion for sculpture and lamp work. Although there is a lot of failure in working on glass material, I still enjoy challenging to use different techniques. I believe that it is the glass art that fulfill my career life.
The theme of my creation is the fusion of Chinese zen aesthetic and contemporary glass art, such as how to find the essence of glass art by deconstruction，how to comprehend the pure beauty of glass art by Zen aesthetics，and how to comprehend the change of glass art by cross-border integration. For example, the ‘black lines’ series expressed the Zen aesthetics of the ethereal pure through very simple forms. The ‘moon shadow’ expressed the Zen aesthetics of the cold and imperfect beauty. The ‘miss deer’ series expressed the zen aesthetics inclusive convergence by using various materials and shapes.
If I could become a member of GAS, I will use the resources from GAS to help my work both as an artist and a teacher, and to promote the exchanges and cooperation between Chinese glass artists and international peers.