“Things we see change the way we feel.” - Miya Ando.
Miya Ando is an American artist who lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Ando’s work has been the subject of nearly 50 solo exhibitions in New York, Singapore, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Tokyo, Seattle, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Paris, including recent solo exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum (New York), SCAD Museum (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, GA; The Nassau County Museum and The American University Museum. Her work has also been included in one hundred group exhibitions in New York, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Munich, Tokyo, Brussels, Dubai, Sydney, Berlin, Dublin, Manila, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, and Aspen including exhibitions at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; the Bronx Museum, New York, NY; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY and The Nassau County Museum, NY. Her work is included in the permanent public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Detroit Institute of Art Museum (DIA), and The Luft Museum (Germany) as well as in numerous private collections. Ando’s work is featured in the current exhibition, Crystals in Art : Ancient to Today, at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award and commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT. She exhibited her work in “Frontiers Reimagined” during the 56th Venice Biennale.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), CA
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Four Seasons Hotel, Lanai, HI
Berkowitz Collection, Miami, FL
Jean Paul Najar Foundation Museum Collection, Dubai UAE
Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection, Duke Ellington School of Arts, Washington DC
Los Angeles International Airport, CA
Luftmuseum (Air Museum) Germany
Mercedes-Benz Falcons Stadium Collection, Atlanta, GA
DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts Museum), MI
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Museum, GA
San Francisco Airport Art Collection, San Francisco, CA
The Chapman University Art Collection, CA
Miya Ando’s Bodhi Leaf Mandalas are created with hand-dyed skeleton leaves. The leaves are from the Bodhi tree (Ficus Religiosa), the species of tree under which The Buddha gained enlightenment. The skeleton leaves are altered by soaking each leaf in bleach and removing the cellulose between the veins. The leaves are then dried and dyed in a temporal method. One color of dye is used to create the entire mandala; the darker leaves remain in the dye for the longest duration, the lighter-colored leaves only for seconds. Ando then hand sews each leaf carefully into a mandala configuration of concentric circles. In Buddhism, a mandala represents the universe and is traditionally used in meditation. The inspiration for this series of works is drawn from Miya’s upbringing in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains as well as her childhood spent in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan.
“I have always loved walking through the forest and seeing the way that leaves naturally deteriorate, they become delicate and transparent like nature’s lace. They are orderly and follow a geometric system of nature, just as all things including our bodies do. The leaves arranged in a mandala are an expression of the interconnectivity of all things.” – Miya Ando
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