Miya Ando is an American artist whose metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of perception and ones relationship to time. She lives and works in New York City.
Living in the rural wilderness of California instilled an awareness and attention to nature and natural materials. This love of elements and natural phenomena was further refined while living in Japan. The foundation of Ando’s practice has been the transformation and combining of natural elements and utilisation of the vernacular of nature. She utilises vocabulary drawn from the natural world to investigate perception and ones relationship to time. Her focus has been on the transformation of surfaces and the use of elemental materials to create shifting, mutable objects and experiences that change depending upon the light or time of day or viewer’s perspective. Her interest is in creating artworks that allow viewers to experience a relationship to nature and to truly be in the moment as they encounter the transitory qualities of light. Her hope is to draw people into a slowed-down environment with artwork that is experiential and employs the visual vocabulary of natural phenomena and transformation. She utilises contemporary forms and techniques as well as industrial materials as an examination and harmonising of the man-made and the natural.