Hiromi Tango (NSW) – 2020 Finalist

Heal – Mother, 2020
neon glass, acrylic coloured mirrors, silk kimono textile
450 x 450 x 150
Photo: Aaron Anderson

Established Artist Category

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and performance. Hiromi is dedicated to generating healing conversations through arts engagement. Her practice has become increasingly focused on exploring neuroscientific concepts through arts engagement, posing questions around neuroplasticity, empathy and epigenetics in her quest to effect healing and well-being through arts. Often using metaphors from nature to represent brain processes, her works develop through a combination of research, reflection and ritual. Personal experiences – whether her own or those of community participants – drive her exploration of specific ideas and areas of research, such as dementia and aging, child development or traumatic emotional experiences. In this way, her work creates a bridge between scientific concepts and individual realities. Hiromi has a Bachelor of Arts (Humanity and Culture of Arts) from Japan Women’s University, Tokyo (1998). Her works have been exhibited at major national institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne as well as international art institutions and fairs. In 2016 Hiromi was included in the Adelaide  Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2017 Hiromi was a recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and was a finalist for the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture (2020); the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2020); The Fischer’s Ghost Art Award (2019 and 2016) and the 2018 Wynne Prize.

Hiromi Tango is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.

Heal – Mother considers our relationship to our environment, and each other, at a time when the world seems to be spiralling from one crisis to another. It has been inspired by my mother, who has remained steadfast and calm, in spite of facing many challenges throughout her life. Even now, as we are separated by closed borders, a collapsing economy, and rampant uncertainty, I can hear her voice quietly urging me to remain calm in the face of apparent catastrophe. Gently encircled by textiles made from kimono silk, the soft light and colours draw me back to my centre. My wish is to create the same calming influence for those around me, in such anxious times.”