Wuon-Gean Ho was born in Oxford, and graduated with a BA in History of Art from Cambridge University, before taking up a Japanese Government Scholarship in 1998 to study woodblock printmaking in Japan. She later studied MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, graduating with a distinction in 2016, and then was etching fellow at the Royal AcademySchools in London. Currently she is a research associate and the in augural editor of the IMPACT Printmaking Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West of England,Bristol. UK.
Wuon-Gean Ho reflects on her residency at the Sitka Center during 2007:
Having lived in a city my whole life, it was a transformative experience to sleep in a cabin in the woods so close to the roar of surf and the murmur of wind in the trees. It rained all the time. After waiting for a pause that never came, I realized I had to disregard the weather, and started to hike up to the head or down to the water every day. At first, I marched along quickly, impatient to reach the destination, but slowly I came to understand that there was so much to see at a tenth of the speed. Some of the trees became familiar friends. Mossy dips and dappled light, the sound of the path as it changed from wooden walkway to mud to iron bridge, the sparkle of tree sap provided a counterpoint to time in the studio.
I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to experience the beautiful landscape and connect with the warm community. Thank you, Sitka!
"Covid Tales" is an intimate six-minute narrated tour of new linocuts Wuon-Gean has created during the last six months inspired by her pandemic experience.
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