Stanford Art Spaces
From April 6, 1999 to June 10, 1999 , Stanford Art Spaces features an exhibit by two artists:
Miran Ahn
Mirang Wonne
Acrylic & Mixed Media
© 1999 Miran Ahn © 1999 Mirang Wonne

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in four buildings: the Allen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), Gates Computer Science, Terman Engineering Center, and Humanities and Sciences.    

Miran Ahn

© 1999 Miran Ahn
After graduating from high school in Korea, Miran came to the US and received her BA from Florida State University and her MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings are in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Oakland Museum, and the Triton Museum of Art. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

Miran paints fantasies based on her dreams and stories she has read. The paintings in the Tiger Series are an example how dreams inspire her work:

  • Tiger II: A beautiful Tiger was pacing outside my window. He was looking for an open door to come inside. He seemed very anxious.

  • Tiger III: The Tiger found the way to enter my studio. He was gently licking my hand. I was afraid, but I realized that he was thirsty. I gave him a bottle of water.

  • Tiger IV: There were The Mountain Spirit, The Tiger, and a Woman with a pair of gloves and a basket full of goose eggs. The Woman asked, "Should I keep one glove or the goose eggs?" The Tiger and The Mountain Spirit replied, "You know the answer."

Works are for sale directly from the artist. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator Stanford Art Spaces (650) 725-3622,

Mirang Wonne

© 1999 Mirang Wonne
Mirang grew up in Korea, with granite stone mountains everywhere. Korean ancestors carved Buddha statues on the big boulders of the mountains, an art that required patience and skill. To many Koreans, boulders and Buddha statues are correlated.

While Americans throw pennies into fountains for their wishes, Mirang grew up throwing rocks, usually found on mountain trails, onto rock piles. This practice came from a popular belief called Shamanism. She looked for the largest rocks so that her biggest wishes could come true.

"I love rocks, their sturdiness, their unique shape, face, and feeling. They are solid and independent, signifying courage and strength. Rocks are simple, pure, calm, and tenacious. Even a tiny pebble has its individual stubborn character." Her paintings create a universe full of rocks and boulders. These rocks are not mere copies of natural ones. "They are a pure metamorphosis of myself." They are living beings that express Mirang's desires and loneliness, that carry out her will.

Mirang has several degrees, including a PhD from Université de Paris. Her work has been exhibited in France and the US.

Works are for sale directly from the artist. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator Stanford Art Spaces (650) 725-3622,

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