Chasing Aurora, 2018
Amy Kao’s work speaks to the perceptual experience of nature and explores nature as a marker of history and culture. Each of her densely elaborate works depicts a distinct landscape composed of hybrid motifs, created by dissecting and overlapping fragments of vegetal and geometric forms.
Chasing Aurora is a portal into a mannered garden of flourishing native plants, urban graffiti, and geometric forms. Simultaneously, it is an immersive dreamscape of swelling contours and ridgeline recessions. Inspired by an alchemy of east and west, it echoes the density of Henri Rousseau’s jungles paintings from the early 1900s and the topography of absence in Chinese landscape paintings from the Sung dynasty.
Amy Kao is a Brooklyn-based artist who exhibits widely. Her work has been shown at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Busan Biennial in South Korea. Most recently, she completed a site-specific commission at Facebook, Inc. in New York and collaborated with designer Jil Sander on a full season collection, along with large-scale public commissions at Brookfield Place and a solo exhibition at Hostler Burrows Gallery in New York.
See more of her work at amykao.com