Heesoo Kwon

Artadia Awardee

“A true visionary, Kwon has established an autobiographical feminist religion that is at the core of her work, using self taught technologies such as 3D scanning and animation to create a universe void of patriarchy and misogyny.” – Juror Christine Koppes, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, ICA San Francisco.

Heesoo Kwon is a multidisciplinary artist from Seoul, South Korea, currently living and working in San Francisco, California. Selected exhibitions include Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Micki Meng Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY; 47 Canal, New York, NY; Blinkers Art & Project Space, Winnipeg, Canada; West Den Haag, Netherlands; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, South Korea and WMA Space, Hong Kong. She was recently awarded the 2025 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and the 2022 50 Arts Commission for Media Arts from the Hewlett Foundation. Kwon earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Berkeley, and will start her position as an Assistant Professor in the Animation department at California College of the Arts in the Fall of 2023. 

In 2017, Kwon initiated an autobiographical feminist religion, ‘Leymusoom’. As the initiator, Kwon led communal activities and expanded her personal feminist utopia in the digital realm. Technology, particularly in relation to building a digital feminist utopia through 3D animation, digital libraries and metaverse are central to her ever-evolving exploration of her family histories and feminist liberation Kwon uses various software to regenerate her female ancestors’ lives and form the Leymusoom community without constraints of time and space. For Kwon, making art is a ritualistic practice, and technology is a shamanistic tool that allows her to queer her past, present, and utopian dreams.