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Tai Hwa Goh

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Picured above: The Floristry in Wave Hill, 2017, silkscreen print on hand waxed paper, glue, cement, nails, pipes, 60 x 24 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

To create this piece, Tai Hwa Goh explores floristry, the art of flower arranging, which is viewed as a contemplative and devotional practice in Eastern and Western cultures. Goh’s work moves beyond the aesthetic appeal of flowers by using industrial materials such as cement and pipes. The work is placed in front of a window, a traditional place to display flower arrangements and a symbol of welcome. When Glyndor House was a private residence, its inhabitants would have placed cut flowers in a similar setting. Now, Goh’s contemporary reimagined arrangement greets visitors in the South Gallery.

Sunroom Project Space | April 5–May 15, 2016

Overflow, 2016, mixed media print on hand-made paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ken Goebel

Tai Hwa Goh creates delicately layered installations from printed and cut paper. Her imagery evokes biological forms and landscapes, reflecting on the accumulation of memory and experience, and the interior and exterior worlds of the human body. Goh’s work pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking from two-dimensional images on paper to three-dimensional sculptural installations that transform the space. Starting with hand-drawn illustrations of organic shapes and patterns, she scans and digitally alters the images, and then screen-prints them onto waxed mulberry paper. She cuts, folds, layers and forms this printed paper into three-dimensional objects that engage the architecture of a space. Goh sees the natural world and the human body as inextricably connected. Thus her paper constructions include tubes, pipes and orbs that spew forth flowing strips of paper, evoking the cycles of the body, industrial machinery and natural phenomena, as well as the unending processes of growth and decay.

In the Sunroom, Goh explores the controlled environment of greenhouses, contemplating the intersection of organic and human-made realms through an immersive installation. Imagining what would happen if attempts to contain nature collapsed and plants began to overwhelm these carefully managed interior spaces, Goh layers printed and cut paper onto the Sunroom walls and suspends pieces from the ceiling, surrounding the viewer in an overgrowth of both botanical imagery and architectural forms. In creating a world where the barriers between the untamed and the domestic have been breached, the artist contemplates outcomes both frightening and alluring.

Overflow, 2016, mixed media print on hand-made paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ken Goebel

Overflow, 2016, mixed media print on hand-made paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Wave Hill.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.