Through her combination of ancient technique—the wood cut—and modern expressionist forms—nature—Professor of Art Phillia Yi has turned the Houghton House Gallery into a lively garden of vivid color and energetic form.
“Contemporary Woodcuts will be on display at Houghton House through Friday, Sept. 21. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.
In her works, Yi, a Korean American, created large-scale woodcut prints that meld themes from the Eastern and Western worlds. She lives and works in Geneva but she has not left behind the subject of nature and landscape that informs much of the imagery of traditional Asian painting and printmaking. She has created abstract compositions infused with organic forms that allude to the powerful forces of nature to the wind and the water. The scale of her prints combined with their expressionist forms provides a dramatic and contemporary voice.
Yi holds a BFA from the State University of New York College at New Paltz and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. She has shown her work extensively throughout the country and has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Grant to Korea. For the past 20 years, Yi has taught printmaking and drawing courses at the Colleges.