Sun Woo

Sun Woo

Sun Woo (b. 1994) received her BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York. She has an upcoming solo show at Foundwill Art Society (FAS) in Seoul (2020), and her works have been presented at 2/W (Weekend) in Seoul (2018) and Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York (2017).

Selected work, titled Encounter, depicts two wax doll candles, emitting flickering light against one another. Candle—a symbol of devotion, frailty, and often even romance in a contemporary context—becomes an emblem of energy created by the encounter of two or more entities. The work focuses on the flaming spark of these energies that blaze radiantly within the bounds of their feeble existence, much like the candlelight that fills its surroundings with delicate light until it eventually fades.

Alternating between canvas and digital screen, Sun Woo explores the force of popular culture in our lives and the ways in which today’s commodity products and digital images are transformed to bear meaning and “spirit” of their own beyond practicality. In examining how these silent entities embody and speak about the contemporary psyche—desires, anxieties, and deficiencies of our society—Sun Woo borrows from found images circulating on the net and digital conventions of computer programs like Photoshop. Through her assemblage of contemporary iconography, Sun Woo paints a fantastical landscape of modern life, defined by eerie spatial compositions that collapse fact and fiction.

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