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Pae White

Born 1963 in Pasadena, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Ignoring traditional boundaries between the applied and fine arts, Pae White encourages viewers to take a deeper look at familiar encounters and ordinary objects. In 2006, White began creating tapestries with photographic images of crumpled aluminum foil and plumes of smoke. Still, Untitled, one of her most recent smoke tapestries, stages what White describes as the cotton’s “dream of becoming something other than itself” by contrasting an image of something immaterial with the physicality of fabric. This vision of an ephemeral moment suspended in space—the slight and fleeting unfurling of smoke monumentalized in the heroic tradition of tapestries—transforms an everyday image into a seductive evocation of transience and longing.

Read about the artist

Women’s Work
T Magazine/The New York Times (February 2010)

Pae White
Artforum (May 2009; note: registration required)

Previews: Pae White
Artforum (May 2008; note: registration required)

The Remix; Perchance to Dream
The New York Times (October 2006)

Luxe, calme et volupté
Frieze (April 2002)

Pae White at greengrassi
Frieze (March 1999)

Pae White at I-20
Frieze (November 1997)