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Eva Kwong

Chinese/American, b. 1954

Navel of the Universe

Glazed coil-built stoneware
43 x 17 x 12 in. (109.22 x 43.18 x 30.48 cm)
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

While she was an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design, Eva Kwong worked in the nature lab, where she was exposed to plants, animals, and other life forms. She credits this experience as the key inspiration for her work in ceramics, particularly her emulation of organic forms. By employing clay as her primary medium, Kwong feels she can achieve a sense of tactility, life, and motion that surpasses any other medium. Her work often combines Eastern and Western styles. Being particularly receptive to the Chinese concepts of yin and yang, she often juxtaposes opposites, such as the microscopic and the cosmic, the imagined and the real, and the personal and the universal.

Kwong was born in 1954 in Hong Kong and immigrated to New York City with her family in 1967. She received her BFA in 1975 from the Rhode Island School of Design, and completed her MFA at the Tyler School of Art in 1977. After her graduation from Tyler, Kwong taught at several Ohio universities before becoming a professor at Kent State University in 1990.

Bolton Colburn

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