Stanford Art Spaces
December 8, 2006 to February 8, 2007, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Bohdanna Kesala
Oil Paintings
Amy Da-Peng King
Mellissa Shields

This Far, No Further (detail) © 2006

After Rain Crane © 2006

Chiffon Wind © 2006

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Bohdanna Kesala
Reflection © 2006

I find beauty in imperfection. I am inspired by surfaces that exhibit the passage of time, for example scarring, graffiti, weathering, chipped paint, and re-painting. The visual record of an object’s history mirrors the process I go through when painting, both emotionally and physically. For me, the idea of history and beauty are intertwined. The intuitive process of painting is a very important aspect of my work. The journey from conception to completion is almost as important as the finished piece. I never know where the painting will lead me; never know what step two will be until I complete step one. By using a wax medium, I slowly build up the surface of the canvas, while at the same time subtract from it, enhancing initial marks made while adding new ones. This visual history, like time worn architectural façades, is part of each painting’s complexion. Every stroke, even when covered or taken away, leaves a history of its existence both on the canvas and in my mind.

For more art by Bohdanna Kesala, click here.

Amy Da-Peng King
Celebration of Life © 2006

I prefer to depict the subject matter from everyday life that is so familiar yet so easy to be neglected. In today’s fast pace life style, I try to remind viewers to find time to appreciate the beauty of nature. I believes that not just the brush mark, ink and color create the artwork, but the unity of feelings and thoughts expressed with eagerness and energy in a two dimensional painting technique. Fine brushwork and close attention to detail characterize my painting technique. My subjects are most often flowers with small animal forms, such as birds and insects.

For more art by Amy Da-Peng King, click here.

Mellissa Shields
Bright Ship © 2006

I grew up on the Del Mar beach in Southern California. Early on, I was inspired by my parents to express myself creatively. I carried a camera around my neck for almost 25 years. After I was given a catalogue collection of world art memorabilia, I jumped into collage. I was bewitched by the thought of gathering together the divine faces and figures of the famous painters of the west with the sensual deities of the anonymous sculptors of the east. At the shrine of collage, I merged my devotion to beauty. I didn't want to alter the image of the original art, only to create new relationships; to tumble the iconography of spiritual traditions together and scatter the symbols about to reveal a fresh meeting ground where the world's search for truth could be seen all at once, in true love. After over a decade of cutting, pasting, and layering images, I lay my scissors down in surrender.

For more art by Mellissa Shields, click here.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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