We have a very special evening planned for our Kickoff Meeting this year. Columbus College of Art & Design has generously allowed our Branch to hold our program in their new screening room. Our speaker is current visual artist and former CCAD faculty member, Leah Wong. Pictured above are her recent installation at the Mansfield Museum of Art and her work, “Nothing is Still.” She will share her rise in the art world on two continents, and how she came to explore her current medium, paper cut outs. You may have seen some of Leah’s works in Columbus at Sherrie Gallerie, art exhibitions and the Hilton Downtown. We are so fortunate to have her as our speaker.
CCAD will allow us to have a table outside the screening room in the welcoming area to invite students and faculty to the program too. We wish to reach out to all prospective members. A representative from the school also wishes to say a few words before the program begins, promptly at 7. (Social time is from 6:30 – 7).
Please feel free to invite other creative women you think might qualify as a member to join us for this wonderful evening. We’ll have information about membership as well as our programs for the year. There is no cost, and parking is ample in the lot behind the building. CCAD is located at 60 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43215, next to the Museum of Art.
Mark your calendars now, and remember it’s an evening meeting, and a week later than usual.
Leah L. Wong
Open space in nature inspires me to rethink traditional landscape perspectives. For example, bird’s-eye views flatten the earth. Water, in turn, reflects its surroundings. Water can create moving images. It can also double or shatter images. Viewing the earth from the sky, we see patterns, a mix of manmade structures and organic nature.
My recent work synthesizes elements of painting, drawing and paper-cut methods to rethink image-making. I employ an X-acto knife as one drawing tool. I ink and paint lines and then reconstruct existing lines and shapes by cutting them.
To inspire curiosity, I inject color emotionality into abstract forms. The communication between cuts in the paper and the line drawings on the paper produces a space that opens up possibilities. The light-and-shadow effects create multiple layers and contrasts that recreate positive and negative spaces.
I reimagine my environment by changing perspectives to create a sense of floating energy. Each piece occupies space independently but also works in coordination with the others in a site-specific environment.
Leah L. Wong, born in Qingdao, China. She received her BFA in painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China and earned her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She currently lives and works in Columbus, OH.
Leah’s paintings, paper cutouts and installations have been exhibited and collected widely for many years. Her work has been exhibited in the Power Station of Art, China’s national contemporary art museum in Shanghai; MoCA Shanghai; and Shanghai’s M50 Art Center and Elisabeth de Brabant galleries. She has also exhibited at The Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio; Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth; The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus; Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles; and the Daforma Gallery, Rome, Italy, among others.
Her paper-cutout installation, “Floating Memory,” is in the collection of the Power Station of Art museum in Shanghai and her site-specific, 60 feet x 16 feet, bronze cutout “All that Space” is permanently installed at the Chinese Consulate-General in Munich, Germany.
Leah is represented by Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, OH. Leah received the 2017 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellent Artist Award and was selected as the 2017 summer artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. She was the 2018 MoCA Shanghai featured artist in Italy.
If you would like more information about Leah Wong, you may access her website at www.leahwong.com