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Eva Kwong was born in Hong Kong and moved to New York as a teenager. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Tyler School of Art. Her work-study job at the Nature Lab at RISD immersed her studies in the diversity and similarity of forms from nature. Her lifelong interest in the intersection of the art and science of the natural world provides the conceptual framework and visual vocabulary for her compelling, colorful organic forms in sculpture, installations and vessels.
Eva has presented her work in lectures, workshops and exhibitions throughout the US and in China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy and Finland. Her artwork has won awards from the Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment For the Arts, Arts Midwest, Pennsylvania Council On the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program. She has done public art projects for the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, the Cleveland Clinic, Hilton Columbus and the Cleveland Airport.
Much of the inspiration for my work comes from my wonderment of the natural world within and around us.
The references to natural forms began when I was a work-study student in the Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 70s.
That 20 hours a week gave me an immersion in the shapes, colors, patterns, structures and principles found in organic form and the human body. This experience generated the visual vocabulary that informs all the work that I do.
I like to make things. It is my way of experiencing and understanding the world through my own filter. It is like ”tapping”, a term used by the bushman to refer to a sense of an animal or water nearby. It is a gut-felt, intuitive impulse to puts things that I think about into concrete form.
To me making anything in art is like dreaming. I know where I am starting from, but I do not know how it will unfold and where it will lead to.