Pae White’s prolific and diverse oeuvre focuses on the forgotten, the fleeting and ephemeral of everyday life. Exploring different material forms and contexts, White’s practice is known for blurring the traditional and often nebulous boundaries between the fine and applied arts, architecture and design. Whether in the form of sculpture, site-specific installations, tapestries, animation, or painting, White’s works subverts viewers’ expected relationship to familiar objects, processes and spaces. Amongst others, White is widely known for her large-scale tapestries. Spearmint to Peppermint, 2013, exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, is a monumental example from her series of ‘crinkled aluminum foil’ tapestries. Translating digitally scanned or photographed images of unassuming subject matter into woven trompe l’oeil images, White playfully gives grandeur and permanence to the ordinary.
White lives and works in Los Angeles; an internationally established figure in contemporary art, she has presented major projects at Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007); the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); The Whitney Biennial (2010) and The Henry Art Museum (2016). Her work is included in such collections as the Tate Modern, London; The Art Institute, Chicago; MoMA, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and LACMA, Los Angeles.