Dual degree SMFA students Eileen Wang, A15, and Kushala Vora, A15, are on cloud nine after their large scale project, A Stroll in the Sky, was chosen for an exhibit at the MFA’s sister museum in Nagoya, Japan. To be chosen for the exhibit, artists had to create a work inspired by a piece called “Dragon Amidst the Clouds.”
Creating the piece as part of the SMFA class “Water, Color and Paper,” taught by Erica Adams, the pair used different materials and took a creative spin on the original, hoping to create, “a collaborative modern piece that celebrates in preserving the traditional while embracing the future.”
For Wang, the project helped her find her artistic direction and took a more personal turn:
“I started realizing how interesting and essential it is for me to incorporate elements of culture into my work. Because I grew up in Asia, when I started working on the dragon piece I knew how significant the symbol of dragon is for Asian countries. That made me start to think about how cultural symbols define a country’s identity. Then of course because I am interested in food, I see food as much of a cultural symbol as the dragon is to Asia. It is because I grew up under two very different cultures, the fusion of it says a lot about who I am. This dragon project for me is a realization of the direction I need to take for my future works.”
Take a look at their piece along with a full interview with Eileen here!