Astro-futurist world builder JooYoung Choi (b. 1982/1982 Seoul, South Korea) documents the interconnecting narratives of a highly-structured, expansive fictional land called the Cosmic Womb through painting, video, sculpture, animation, puppetry, music, interactive community projects, and installation art. Choi's complex and thoughtful interdisciplinary projects merge the autobiographic with the fantastic to form a dynamic, heartfelt, and imaginative aesthetic practice. Guided by this narrative, Choi explores themes such as anti-racism, gender inclusivity, trans-racial adoptee rights, post-traumatic growth, and spirituality rooted in social justice.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Choi immigrated to Concord, New Hampshire in 1983 by way of adoption. While completing her BFA, she returned to South Korea and reunited with her birth family. Choi's work been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY), The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (Houston, TX), Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, WA) and The Crow Museum of Asian Art (Dallas, Texas), among others. Choi participated in the Lawndale Artist Residency in Houston, TX (2014) and the Harvester Artist Residency in Wichita, KS (2018). She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA from Lesley University.
Choi lives and works in Houston, TX.