EUNJUNG HWANG (South Korea)
Eunjung Hwang is a South Korean artist, based in New York, who graduated from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul with a degree in Painting. In 2002 she received her Masterʾs degree in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in South Korea, USA and Germany.
Eunjung Hwang's animated digital videos and drawings explore the unexorcised images of fragmentary realities, dreams and the subconscious. The intended result is to fully restore the dynamic and beauty of the intense image world, and then represent them in unique combinations of digital and physical form. Her projects start with creation of a variety of characters, which are rooted in dreams and subconscious images. These works are inspired by the concept of animism, where all objects, even those regarded by science as 'inanimate', possess a soul and unique personal character. The characters unfold narratives by their fantastic reality, following a structure of interwoven dream logic. Different narratives are connected to each other through this dream logic. The overall narratives are meant to be enjoyed like rhythmic structure of music, rather than readable stories.
On her residential visit to Maribor, the artist created a series of animations, which is a reflection of her continuous interest in character-based art works and visionary narratives, but focused on various local influences.
The project explored the architectural complexity of cryptic images from the world of dreams and the subconscious on an extensive scale. The main aim of the project was to produce visionary narratives, inspired by the illusion of fragmented realities, and compile them into a usable pictorial catalogue. The resulting project is a kaleidoscopic moving “puzzle” or “thought picture” that derives its own symbolism.
Some of the images from the animated digital video also ended up on the gallery's façade, which thus became the living space of interesting fantasy creatures.
Text: Maja Pardeilhan