Critic's Note: Won Seoung won’s work process is so deliberate, slow and labor intensive as to appear almost foolhardy. She begins by planning a story and creating a skeleton for her work using drawings, then searches for a place and subjects to match the picture, then begins shooting. Won has traveled all the way to Yunnan Province in China to find clouds that pleased her, and spent several years wandering around far-flung corners of Korea to find the village scenes she wants to express.
Thousands and thousands of image fragments, each gathered from a different place and a different time, are cut out and collated by mouse on the artist's computer screen, where they are subtly arranged and reborn as a new image totally different from their original sources. In Won's works, some of which take years to complete, several hundred layers come together to create a narrative structure where deep and rich cinematic stories flow within a single frame.
Some of these narrative images recreate the artist's own traumas; some reconstitute the wishes of her friends. They contain stories of dreams and of the future that entwine themselves with individual memories to create an infinite number of possible versions, according to their viewer.
Artist's Education: Chungang University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A.,Sculpture.Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. M.F.A., Fine Art.Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. M.F.A., Media Art.