2019 Season II

Julia Kwon (USA/South Korea)


Artist Statement/ Biography

Julia Kwon creates traditional and hybrid Korean textiles “bojagi” 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 organizing a community that shares local artist talks.


Julia Kwon is an interdisciplinary artist from the Washington 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, Boston/Tufts University and B.A. in Studio Art at Georgetown University. She has had numerous solo shows 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, Textile Arts Center, and Montgomery College. Her solo exhibition at Torpedo Factory Art Center opens in June 2019.