Won Choi

Sculpture

Artist's Biography

Won Choi's works have been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA; the Janos Pannonios University Museum in Pecs, Hungary; the Carspeckon-Scott Gallery in Wilmington, DE; Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; the Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA' the Grounds for Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, NJ. Her works are in public collections - Widener University in Wilmington, DE and Park Towne Place in Philadelphia, PA. She was selected for a residency at the Atelier Fourwinds in Aureille France. She works and resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Artist's Statement

My sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something I realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements. The heavens, the Milky Way, sunrays, clouds and fire, waterfalls and streaks of rain inspire me as elements of spiritual landscape and the resulting work evokes deeply subjective experiences, dream states and memories. In using the language of sculpture I make diverse associations to express my feelings about the mystery of life and existence, depicting the humanity's harmonious relationship with the universe. Combining the human figure with nature intrigued me, coinciding as it does with the spiritual understanding that nature and I are one. We are nature. This concept has a great impact on my work.

My sculptures begin with drawings, then I look for a medium that would best express and translate the idea into 3D forms. For this reason, drawing has always been an important foundation of my work. My goal for drawing was to have an inner experience of total freedom and to get into free association with my imaginary world. I draw from my memories and inner feelings and not from what I see.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Heaven is the Limit, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

2003 - 2004
Dance of Five Natural Elements, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

Group
2018
Themes and Variation, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Curator Exhibition, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

2016 - 2017
The 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL

River City Sculptures Parade, Mason City, IO

2016
Reinterpreting Landscape and Nature, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - 2016
Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls, SD

2013 - 2015
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

2013 - 2014
Sculpture Tour, Eau Claire, WI

2013
Cedarhurst Biennial Sculpture Competition and Maquette Exhibition, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park and Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Art, Mt. Vernon, IL

2006 - 2009
The Sculpture Mile at Madison, New Alliance Bank Courtyard, Madison, CT

2005 - 2009
Grounds for Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in partnership with Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2005 - 2007
The Sculpture Mile at Madison, Wachovia Bank, Madison, CT

2004
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope, PA

2002
Critic's Choice, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Gerrit Henry

2000
Five Philadelphia Sculptors, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2019
90th Phillips' Mill Art Show, New Hope, PA
Juror

2018
Widener University, Wilmington, DE
Slide Show Lecture for People to People Delaware

2010
Atelier Fourwinds, Aureille, France
Residency

Public Collections

2016
Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE

Awards & Honors

2016
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL
Honorarium

2003
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Honorarium

2003
Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Window of Opportunity Award

1999
Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Window of Opportunity Award

Education

1990 - 1995
New York University, New York, NY
Fine Arts Department, Doctoral Program for Studio Art

1985
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
MFA, Metalsmithing & Sculpture