September 26, 2007

‘Cycle of Life’ features Asian artists’ work

Brenda Louie’s Flowers from the Sky, is one of  the items on display in the “Cycle of Life” exhibition at Sacramento State.
Brenda Louie’s Flowers from the Sky, is one of the items on display in the “Cycle of Life” exhibition at Sacramento State.

“Cycle of Life: Wisdom” at Sacramento State is one of two venues highlighting the work of four female Asian artists. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 pm., Thursday, Oct. 4 through Saturday Nov. 17, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The second venue, “Cycle of Life: Innocence” is on display in the Pence Gallery at UC Davis through Nov. 16.

Both exhibitions feature pieces by Koo Kyung Sook (Korea), Brenda Louie (China), Dinh Thi Tham Poong (Vietnam) and Lalhlimpuii Sailo (India). Their work examines the process of birth, decay and death, each approaching the concept from a different viewpoint and using a different medium, says curator and Sacramento State art professor Pat Chirapravati.

There will be an artists’ talk at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room 1001 of Mariposa Hall, followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition is designed to expose Western audiences to Asian beliefs and attitudes, such as that of samsara, the continuous cycle of birth and rebirth, Chirapravati says. The show also will make viewers contemplate their own attitudes on life and death, she says. The Sacramento State exhibition focuses on the “mature” aspects of samsara, such as aging and death, while the UC Davis venue looks at birth and childhood.

For more information, call (916) 278-3880. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.