Bio, Statement, & CV.
Hae Won (first name) Sohn (last name) is a medium-centric sculptor from Seoul, South Korea. In her practice, the artist utilizes studio-artifacts such as broken molds or material remnants; further incorporating the action of de-/reconstruction in her (re)development of form and object-history. While her process metaphorically references the archeological procedures and geographical phenomena, her studio-practice incorporates conscious improvisation and the autonomy of material as a structural and conceptual foundation; further proposing a system built upon failure as a parallel model to success.
Sohn has been selected as Winner for the 16th Janelt & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2021). Her most recent body of work was exhibited at Emmanuel Barbault Gallery (New York, NY) as part of Monologue aside (2020), her first gallery solo in New York City. Her work also has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD; Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale, MI; Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery of National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan; and Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Sohn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College of Design at Kookmin University located in Seoul, South Korea, and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Sohn is represented by Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, NY.
Molds—historically used to as voids—transform their behavior to an engaged cast within my practice. These studio-artifacts generated within my practice which were once valuable parts in the context of one process no longer holds the same ideas, function, nor value once they are removed from its original process. I acknowledge these autonomous outcasts through the celebratory act of casting; which for me is also an act of acknowledging and regenerating individual, marginalized and overseen history and its disappearance by preserving meaningful parts. These parts further thrive and create autonomous history by being exhaustedly performed in repetition to create layers that grow in volumes, masses, spaces, and therefore individual narrative; becoming ambiguous yet representational exaggerations of self.
Therefore my work is an active research of building extractive forms, furthermore a nonlinear narrative study that develops dimensions, fragility, and aggregation through hand-made processes. My object-sculptures, often presented in/as series, become evidence of a system which adopts deconstruction, reconstruction, and failure as a parallel model to success. I (re)create forms by making molds and casting studio-artifacts such as fragmented molds or exaggerated abstractions of the same. In this continuous form-finding I tend to build relationships between new origins, thoughts, and contradictions while proposing a methodology that enjoys invention in transition.
THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Tertium Quid (three-person show w/ Jaejoon Jay Jang & Yoory Jung), Korean Cultural Center, Washington, DC
Monologue aside (solo), Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings: Sculpted Traces (solo), Anaba Project Space, Bethesda, MD
In One Piece (solo), Baltimore Clayworks Project Space, Baltimore, MD
Vice Versa (two-person show w/ Nick Primo), MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Breaking Point, NARS Foundation Main Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sondheim Prize Finalists’ Exhibition, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
GVSU Ceramic Forum Exhibition (virtual), 2021 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Virtual Conference
Invincible Summer, Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York, NY
Desert Lands, Baltimore Clayworks Project Space, Baltimore, MD
The Keyboard 1/5, Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery of National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Untitled Group Exhibition, Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX
12 x 12, MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD
The Chronicles of LA | Chapter 2 - Self, 242 S Broadway St, Los Angeles, CA
Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI
SSNYC Annual Members Group Exhibition, Sculpture Space NYC, New York, NY
Spring Happening - Annual Group Show (curated by Narine Kchikian), Next Step Studios & Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Symbiosis, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit, MI
2018 Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills,MI
Small Favors 2018, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Basically 15’ x 50’, Gallery One | Collective Works (G1|CW), Pittsburgh, PA
Leftovers: REHEATED, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Easy Come Easy Go, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
DYAD, David Salkin Creative, Chicago, IL
Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI
Jet Lag, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
09 10 11 12 - BFA Thesis Show, Gallery Mokkumto, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul-See 서울視, Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea
From 2D to 3D, Cho-hyung Gallery of Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
MFA - Ceramics ‘18, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
BFA - Ceramics ‘16, College of Design at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
Winner, Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore, MD (Jurors: Naz Cuguoglu, Michelle Grabner, and Meleko Mokgosi)
International Residency Partial Fellowship, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
Artist Relief, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, NY
Covid-19 Relief Grant, CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund), Mont Pelier, VT
Emergency Grant for Individual Artists, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
Galerie Emerging Artist Award Finalist, Galerie Magazine, New York, NY
Fall Resident Artist, Anaba Project, Bethesda, MD
2019/20 Long-term Residency, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2018/29 Long-term Residency, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Tony Hepburn Scholarship - Merit Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Chrissy Award - Ceramics Department Travel Grant, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Honorable Mentions, The 12th Ceramic Arts Award of Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Honorable Mentions, The 19th Kwanac Modern Art Contest, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
PUBLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS
Hae Won Sohn on the Wonderful, Messy, and Ever Optimistic Sides of Being an Artist, Kinship + Craft, September 2021
Podcast Interview with Rob Lee, The Truth in This Art, September 2021
Hae Won Sohn Wins 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize, BmoreArt, July 2021
Hae Won Sohn, 2021 Sondheim Finalist, BmoreArt, June 2021
Five 2021 Sondheim Finalists Announced, BmoreArt, March 2021
Issue 11 Featured Artist Interview, Maake Magazine Official Website
Featured Artist (curated by Tanya Gayer), Maake Magazine, Issue 11, p 40-41.
Make, Break, and Reassemble: An Interview with Hae Won Sohn, BmoreArt, July 2020
The Best Baltimore Art Exhibitions of 2019, BmoreArt, December 2019
Galerie - Special Emerging Artists Issue, Galerie Magazine, Late Fall 2019, Issue No.15, p 108.
Featured Artist in Minn, Se-Won’s Dissertation: A Case Study on the History of Mold Casting, Korea Society of Ceramic Art (KSCA), April 2019, p 59-60.
Experiencing Perspectives 2018/19, Exhibition Catalogue, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Shape, APÉRO Fine Art Catalogue, November 2018
Experiencing Perspectives 2017/18, Exhibition Catalogue, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, p 70-71.
University | Graduation Portfolio, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, Feburary 2016, Vol.239, p 55.
PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
Contemporary Clay Shapers 3: Clay as Idea as Material, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, August 2018, Vol.269, p 92-95.
Contemporary Clay Shapers 2: Thinking Through Material, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, July 2018, Vol. 268, p 78-81.
Flower and Vase - Seeing Vases Through the Lens of International Artists, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, May 2018, Vol. 266, p 54-59.
Contemporary Clay Shapers 1: Thinking Within Material, Outside the Box, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, May 2018, Vol. 266, p 86-89.
Pedestal: the Colorful Potentials of the White Box, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, March 2018, Vol. 264, p 88-91.
Extrusion: Rediscovering the Versatility of Clay, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, January 2018, Vol. 262, p 84-87.
World | Cranbrook Academy of Art, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, December 2017, Vol.261, p 82-85.
LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS
(upcoming) Visiting Artist (virtual lecture & in-person studio visits for ceramics major senior students), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Artist Talk (virtual), The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Visiting Artist Lecture (virtual), School of Visual Arts at Penn State University, State College, PA
Artist Talk - In Baltimore, On Clayworks (virtual), Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Artist Lecture - Forum Speaker Series (virtual), Maryland Institute of College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Resident Artist Presentation, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Artist Talk, the 9th Annual GVSU Ceramics Forum at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Visiting Artist Lecture, Department of Ceramics, College of Design at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
(2021 Fall - present) Adjunct Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
(2021.09 - present) Office Manager, Hunters Point Studios, Long Island City, NY
(2021Summer - present) Faculty, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
(2021.02 - present) Program Committee Member, Board Committee of Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
(2021 Summer) Studio Technician, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
(2020.12 - 2021.02) Production Assistant, Greenmount Tile, Baltimore, MD
(2020 Fall) Adjunct Faculty, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
(2018 - 2020) Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, George Washington University, Washington, DC
(2018 - 2020) Instructor, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
(2019) Gallery & Studio Assistant to Rod Malin, Guest Spot @THE REINSTITUTE, Baltimore, MD
(2019) Technical Assistant, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
(2019 Spring) After-school Ceramics Instructor, Calvert School, Baltimore, MD
(2017 Dec - 2018 Aug) Contributing Writer, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea 월간도예, Seoul, South Korea
(2017 Summer) Intern as Project Managing Assistant to Peter Oltheten (former Project Manager), Sundaymoring @ekwc (former European Ceramic Workcentre), Oisterwijk, Netherlands
(2015 Summer) Intern / Assistant to Kyungsoon Park (Artistic Director for the 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale - “GICB”), Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF), Public Relations TF Ream Satellite Office at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea