Artist's Statement

Though trained as a chemist, I found my passion in art. I took early retirement from teaching chemistry and went back to school. I received my B. A. in fine art at California State University at Long Beach.

My work is profoundly influenced by Modernism, as I do not merely paint the surface of the objects, rather search for the innerness and the essence of the matters. Fragmentation of the objects into their essential volumes, planes and patterns creating dynamism and rhythm in space is the ultimate challenge for me. Molding beauty out of geometric and curvilinear forms is also my ultimate goals for my art. I believe what Mondrian said, “the surface of things gives enjoyment, the interiority gives life”.

I am also drawn to paint in broad brush, intense color and lyric lines—a passionate disciple of the Abstract Expressionism- to invite the viewers into my own emotional world—passion vs. reasoning; possibility vs. limitation; optimism vs. despair.

Growing up in the Chinese culture, my work is also influenced by the affinity I feel for the Eastern spirituality—the Noguchi’s Zen-like quality --seeking order from chaos, clarity from complexity; depicting “chi” –the flow of life energy that articulates the tension, balance and grace in nature. Let the spirits of forms flow, the “chi” will emerge and be embodied in the work.

Frances Lai Wang Art