You should think twice now before throwing away all of those old buttons you have lying around the house – at least Ran Hwang sure does. Ran Hwang is a Korean-born artist working in new york, who creates intricate and poetic installations using the very simplest of objects like push pins and buttons.
Hwang is best known for her wall sculptures that make use of common objects like buttons and crystals pinned directly onto the wall of the gallery. Using each element like a pixel on a screen, Hwang creates oversized murals of birds, trees or chandeliers. Her subject matter is often influenced by buddhist theories and symbolism. Hwang’s work has been described as inviting ’the viewer to engage in multiple readings of emptiness and existence, of attempting to reach the state of enlightenment and fulfillment through the conscious emptying of one’s mind and spirit’.
Pretty amazing right?