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Teeny Tiny Woman

Amanda Ross-Ho explores the disparate cultural connections through myriad media

by Karen Day in Culture on 21 June 2012

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LA-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho creates works that feel a little bit like a good trip. The myriad ways in which she explores space and scale often seem to delude the eye, making it hard to distinguish where the work begins and where it ends. Cut-out textiles conflate the background with the foreground and over-sized objects distort perspective and put such a curious emphasis on form that it mesmerizes the brain, compelling the viewer to stare in a prolonged, almost hallucinatory state.

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The 17 wall panels included in Ross-Ho's upcoming solo show at MOCA Pacific Design Center, entitled "Teeny Tiny Woman", make it clear her signature haphazard compositions aren't without purpose or a continuous train of thought. Together the fragmented objects create a harmonious view of our scattered culture, and how lifestyles and traditions can seamlessly interconnect.

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Ross-Ho has participated in numerous solo and group shows in her decade-strong professional career, and "Teeny Tiny Woman" marks an unofficial survey of her extensive portfolio. Each of the site-specific panels was built in the exhibition space, then transferred to her downtown LA studio where they remained for a fair amount of time, collecting residue from her daily work. They now serve as part of a distinct exploration of the artist herself, which begins with a direct translation of a diptych she made as a four-year-old.

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"Teeny Tiny Woman" is on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center from 23 June 23 through 23 September 2012.

Images by Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of MOCA Pacific Design Center

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