Julia Kwon creates traditional and hybrid Korean textiles through quilting and painting. Her work aims to challenge preexisting notions of what it means to be Korean and feminine as well as examine the complexities of constructing identity within the contemporary context of globalism and cultural hybridity. Kwon also explores community and personal relationship building through collaborative projects such as communal quilting, one-on-one portrait drawing, and building a community that shares local artist talks.
Julia Kwon is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in NY and the DC area. She was born in the U.S. and has earned her M.F.A. at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and B.A. in Studio Art at Georgetown University. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and won various awards such as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University's Traveling Fellowship as well as the artist residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Foundation, Montgomery College, Gallery 263, and Textile Arts Center.
Kwon will be speaking at Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC on Friday, August 2nd. Her solo exhibition "More Than A Body" will be on view until August 4th at Target Gallery of Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.