My artistic practice evolves through the process of casting and mold-making; physically, conceptually and methodically. I primarily create (series of) cast objects. These cast objects are decontextualized fragments originating from the material-ecosystem formed within my studio. Such fragments are an end product of my process of embracing the uncontrollable. These hand made objects reflect simultaneous materiality of natural and artificial living environments. They reside and evolve in response to each other as a comfortable way to live outside the studio.
Residues, leftovers, remains, and remnants, which were once valuable parts in the context of one process no longer holds the same meaning, function, nor value once they are removed from its system. I celebrate these autonomous outcasts through the act of casting; which for me is an act of acknowledging history as I am preserving moments, and creating new ones. Later on through repetitional mold-making and casting, I am to witness that the distinction between empty volumes and filled volumes, voids and masses, negative spaces and positive ones begins to fade and at a certain point, disappear. Presented in unscripted manners of physical documentation; viewers are invited to the study each piece both as something completing a missing whole, and that is complete in itself.
Hae Won SOHN is a visual artist, currently based in Baltimore, MD. She is a long-term resident artist/instructor at Baltimore Clayworks and Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at the Corcoran School of Art & Design at the George Washington University in DC. Coming from Seoul, South Korea; Sohn earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Prior to Cranbrook, she achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the College of Design at Kookmin University located in Seoul.
Sohn was the recipient of the Tony Hepburn Scholarship and the Chrissy Award of the year of 2017 at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited both in South Korea and throughout the States at venues including Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD; Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale, MI; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; and Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea.