Soa J. Hwang is a British-Korean transmedia artist based in London. Her work utilises a video game engine as a hybrid tool to paint our different perspectives on time, memory, and experience.
Hwang explores the possibilities of machine language as a decentralised creative instrument to empower self-discovery and the expression of marginalised voices. Drawing on her own experience as a migrant mother living in London, Hwang's immersive installations destabilise a singular view of the world.
Soa J. Hwang studied BFA in painting at Hongik University in Seoul (2006) and finished her MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Art London (2008). Hwang embraces her practice as an extension of painting into the digital realm collapsing boundaries and reimagining it as an evolutionary medium. The artist's technical knowledge gained from her MA in Interactive Digital Media (2016), enables Hwang to create work using game engine software Unity, 3D software Maya and VFX software Houdini.
Hwang's recent exhibitions include Un/Sense, Christie’s, London (2021); Back Room Gallery, London (2020); Through The Looking Glass, Ugly Duck, London (2019); The 4th International Exhibition on New Media Art, CICA Museum, South Korea (2018); Trajectories, Watermans Art Centre (2018); London Creative Network_2nd Edition, SPACE (2017). Residencies include Collusion, VR/AR Artists’ Lab, Cambridge (2017). She is involved in the art collective Peer Social Artist and the group were selected for Peer Forum (2018-2019) at Cubitt, London.
Currently, Soa J. Hwang is doing PhD in Art and Computational Technologies at Goldsmiths University researching how creative technology can extend the public sphere of art and provide post-pandemic audiences with an accessible and transformative experience of art.