In my work, my interest is in creating a form that resembles a living organism by combining small, repeating images that assemble into a larger more intriguing form. When creating forms digitally, I use each small image like a cell, repeating them but with slight variations in their form. The Imaginary creatures created by combining multiple images of monitors, curved pipes and tubes symbolize our contemporary, internet based society moving, affecting, and evolving itself. The small and overlapping images and written text in my pieces, not easily seen from a distance, work like a cryptic code and serve as contemporary talismans wishing people well being, balance and happiness. In stickers, pillows, and part of the animation, a portrait of myself sitting like a multi armed Buddha inside ball-like shapes humorously suggests my warm wishes for the world. Stickers of different tones and textures are used to create an optical illusion of depth in the wall space. The pillows applied strengthen the optical illusion as if the drawn or printed images were coming out of the virtual space into the actual one. The net itself symbolizes imaginary cells floating in the universe containing the accumulated memories, experience and the unconsciousness of human beings as a whole that last forever, shifting their forms and evolving in the space.
The techniques I’ve used to create all my recent works include the use of lenticuar prints, stencils, airbrushing, sticker making, a digital cutter (for stickers), photography, animation, painting, drawing, sewing and collage. The materials used are mylar, glitter film, printed paper, vinyl, tape, digital photo frames , acrylics, ink , Swarovski crystals and canvas.
Artist Bio / CV
Insook Hwang was born and raised in South Korea. She earned an M.E. (major in Art Education) at Seoul National Universtiy in 1994 in Korea and an M.F.A. (major in Painting, minor in Sculpture) degree at City College of New York in 1999 in United States. She’s had ten solo exhibitions in both Korea and the U.S., and participated in two major International Contemporary Arts Exhibitions (Busan Biennale 2002 in Korea, Officina Asia 2004 in Italy). She has exhibited her work at Artspace in New Haven where she has lived since moving back to the U.S. from Korea in 2006. As an adjunct professor, she taught a Mixed media class at Albertus Magnus College and Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. She is a recipient of a 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant from Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.