For hundreds of years the alchemists toiled away in their secret labs concocting chemicals and pigments they hoped would turn metal to gold. But for Miya Ando, the New York-based artist who’s a descendant of Bizen sword makers, she’s found her own way to make metals shine.
Using a combination of heat, sandpaper, grinders and acid, Ando “paints” her metallic canvases by “irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties.” Ando’s new series, phenomenon, builds on her past work of producing light-reflecting gradients on metal but adds an element of interaction: the surfaces appear to change based on light and movement of the viewer.
In addition, Ando is also presenting a new series titled kintsugi. Inspired by Japan’s ancient craft of repairing broken ceramics using gold lacquer, Ando has turned her shou-sugi-ban, a charred wood often used as an exterior building material, into a canvas. Delicate gold kintsugi lined the cracks of the charred wood, as if gold light was emanating from the structure.
We have 3 copies of Miya Ando’s latest portfolio book to giveaway. And each comes with an insert of her gorgeous business card made from skeleton leaves of a Bodhi tree. The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. Here’s how you can win a copy:
- Leave a comment below
- Have a look at our studio visit we did, and check out our shop where we sell Ando’s tetsu to kinu scarf
- We’ll choose 3 random winners at the end of the week on Saturday, June 18th
- That’s it!