Artist Song Kang creates intricate architectural environments for her contemporary sculptures series, “carved in stone”.
The mixed media pieces are constructed using foam, plaster and paper mache yet appear to be carved into real stones. Through Kang’s careful assemblage and compositions, the architectural worlds have the illusion of emerging from solid rock.
She combines her interests in structure and texture to create a playful and tactile experience with her works: aiming to create narrative and dream-like images that become a scavenger hunt to find familiar things. Flat or dimensional, her works inform the other; where drawings inspire the sculptures and the sculptures redefine the image.
Tthe structures follow the curvature of the sculptural boulders, skewing the perspective and creating surreal environments which appear to be inhabitable.
The architectural elements seem to blend with the surface of the stone, creating textural pieces that appear to be relief sculptures.
Kang’s work combines her fascination with both structure and texture to create playful and tactile works. Her dream-like projects turn ordinary buildings into whimsical worlds and both her drawings and sculptures inform one another and help redefine her craft. in her drawings in pen and ink, a similar fascination with layering and texture can be seen wherein seemingly endless worlds are depicted through careful shading. Kang’s mastery of space and depth is here extended through the use of mixed media.