Full spectrum: the broad-reaching appeal of Hiromi Tango

Japanese Australian artist Hiromi Tango brings together knowledge embedded in rituals with ancient origins and scientific innovation to create sites for healing.
Hiromi Tango demonstrating the ritual wearing of all donated items prior to her incorporating parts of them into her installations during a workshop at Museum of Brisbane in October 2023. Photo: ArtsHub.

The appeal of Hiromi Tango appears to be extending beyond the Australian art sector. In 2022 and 2023, large installations, manufactured to her specifications, graced Dark Mofo and the Brisbane Festival respectively. The former resulted from a partnership with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The subsequent artwork, Wheel, was also exhibited at the Science Gallery in Melbourne and the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Similarly, the latter was developed through the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). These and numerous other exhibitions have yielded mentions in a multiplicity of media outlets in the fields of art, science, health, fashion and lifestyle.  

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Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling) is a Brisbane-based an artist and writer. During her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Griffith University, she researched post-digital applications for traditional Chinese papercutting. Since 1997, she has exhibited across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The collections to house examples of her artwork include: the Huaxia Papercutting Museum in Changsha, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide. She has also contributed to variety of publications such as: the Information, Medium and Society Journal of Publishing, M/C Journal, Art Education Australia, 716 Craft and Design and Garland Magazine.