Interactions of color and shape play a pivotal role in California-based artist Haoyun Erin Zhao’s bold and dynamic painting, printmaking, mural and public art. Shape and color are placed and layered mindfully to explore visual sensations that are influenced by both the natural and built environment. Her recent blind embossed work engages the viewer in an intimate way that accentuates the tranquil and ephemeral quality of the light. The artist creates work to investigate human perception of the environment and its connection to memory, place, culture and personal experience. To explore this subject, Erin works in layers and meticulously composes geometric shapes and organic curves to create a rhythmic composition with interchangeable positive and negative space. She’s interested in bridging the tangible with the impalpable, in creating art that expresses feelings we experience but which we cannot put into words, or the part that is lost in translation when interchanging languages and cultures. Her work often invites open-ended reflections on memory and place.
Erin received her BFA from The Academy of Art University. She currently lives and works in San Francisco as a visual artist. Erin also teaches at ArtWorks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco. She served as a judge for Asian Pacific Fund’s annual visual art competition “Growing Up Asian in America Program” from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Zacherberg San Francisco General Hospital Foundation selected her as Hearts in SF Project artist. The artist’s work has been published on International Artist Magazine and exhibited in galleries, museum exhibitions and invitational shows at venues such as de Young Museum, Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, Academy of Art University Gallery, Salesforce Art Showcase and etc. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Asia.
赵皓芸 (Haoyun Erin Zhao) 是现居加州旧金山的华人艺术家和教育工作者，在美国生活工作十年。目前主要创作抽象绘画，版画以及公共艺术。探索在自然坏境和人文环境影响下色彩与形状在视觉上的相互作用是她创作过程中的重要因素。她通过细心谨慎地放置和组建形状与色彩来构建充满节奏韵律并可相互变化的正负空间，进而对视觉感官感受做进一步的研究探索。她的作品概念紧密联系着人类对周围环境的的感知获取以及此对记忆，地点，文化和个人成长经历的关系。她对用艺术来作为媒介联系有形与无形的关系颇感兴趣，特别是那些我们深有体会却常常止于言语的经历，或是那些在试图进行文化和语言转换的过程中潜藏不表和遗失的部分。她的作品大多提供了我们对于这些记忆，地点和文化感知的不局限的反思。