Artist: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Studio Art
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Yeri Hwang is an undergraduate senior at California State University Long Beach and is working towards completing her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Yeri has always been into art but did not realize that it was her passion until she attended high school where she took art classes and developed her art skills. Art also runs in the family, where one of her sister majored in music and one she mentioned has always been crafty, but majored in engineering. Besides her love for art she also enjoys writing and playing video games, so much so that she would also like to go to grad school in either illustration or video games. Writing inspires her art for the most part, she incorporates her writing in all her pieces in the art gallery.
Yeri’s Within Us exhibition consists of various art pieces such as a blinking sword, a mini model of the Creation of an Atom, and the overlapping of colors within her work. What makes this exhibition so special is that the audience can interact with her work by switching lights on or off and enabling it to move. Also, in one of her pieces called Acceptance and Forgiveness, you can also write a note on a piece of paper of what you want to forgive in your life and place it on the altar. Each of her pieces have a deep spiritual meaning behind them that appeals to her audience.
Yeri inspiration for this exhibition was that she was able to find inner peace while making it. She hopes that her audience is able to find peace in themselves within her art as well. Hwang’s reasoning for making her art interactive with her audience is that art should be for everyone and not one-sided. When people take part in her art, they get a look into her story and they get to tell a little bit of their story as well.
What stood out to me the most about her art was the writing on each art piece in her gallery. Her writing was relatable and inspiring to me. It makes me think about my own journey and all the choices i have made and lessons i have learned to get this far. When i was talking to Yeri I asked what advice she can give someone who is just starting her journey as an art student, she said said that everyone is a brave voyager, there will be storms along the way but she believes that everyone gets through them. Yeri is so is so inspirational and her positivity in life motivates me to keep going.