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Song Kang – Mini Architectural Sculptures

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Written by Emma Jones

SQ_Vernacular_Wood1Unlike most architectural designers, Song Kang does not create structures that mesh with their  environment; rather, she creates new environments altogether. Kang’s dreamlike miniature sculptures draw inspiration from nature, and, in fact, often incorporate found and natural materials. The Portland-based artist carves landscapes and houses into rocks and onto the backs of animal figurines, such as oxen and camels. The sculptures blur the line between the natural and the human-made, following the contours of the original object, and jutting out here and there into buildings and tree branches.

Defying the smooth surfaces and geometries of traditional architectural modules, Kang’s work is incredibly textural and multilayered, both in physicality and subject matter. “Vernacular,” the series of sculptures carved onto animals, seems to raise the question: How long can the natural world sustain manmade cycles of creation and destruction?

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“Carved into Stones” is less jarring, and yet still remarkably provocative. The collection of works explores the symbiosis of natural and synthetic structures, suggesting that the line between the two are more ambiguous than we would like to think.

To find out more about Song Kang’s intricate carvings and sculptures, visit: www.song-kang.com

 

About the author

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is an intern for Creative Arts Advocate. Originally from Longmeadow, MA, she is currently a sophomore at Vassar College with a women's studies major and an art history correlate. She is particularly interested in female artists and the portrayal of women in art, and the intersection of art, activism, and everyday life. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys photography, digital art, and drawing.

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