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Kyung Hwa Shon

MPhil work

Endless Transition of Space: Psychogeographic Abstract Landscape

My work defined as Psychogeographic Abstract Landscape looks at the effects that specific environments have on me, and the memories and experiences I associate with them. I am interested in exploring how one adapts to unfamiliar urban circumstances and the scope of possible adaptation strategies. I have investigated the interactions between particular environmental systems and psychological perception.

Since 2002, I have intentionally sought out new experiences that would provide material and experimental data for art projects. I accomplished this primarily through changes in my environment; by relocating to different cities, being exposed to different cultures, languages, and architectural spaces. Living in Seoul, Paris, Chicago, and London, as well as working with patients at mental health facilities, comprise some of the unique physical and psychological experiences that inform my work. The necessity for swift adaptations to these experiences heightens my perceptions of the spaces and complex systems around me.

I attempt to understand the experience of adaptation and my own personal psychological and physical reactions to changing circumstances. In relation to this, I also focus on how accumulated particles of past memories merge with current experiences in my perception and understanding of present environments, and how my paintings can share a particular understanding of the present through sensory experiences and emotional responses with art viewers.


  • Kyung Hwa Shon
  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2013–2018

  • Kyung Hwa Shon is currently studying for an MPhil/PhD in Painting at the Royal College of Art. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Starr Fellow at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Shon obtained an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and completed a BFA at Hong-Ik University in South Korea in 2009. She also studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

    Shon has shown her work internationally and has had solo exhibitions at the Seoul Olympics Museum of Art in South Korea, Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Academy Schools. Her paintings have also been selected for group exhibitions at the Korean Cultural Service, New York, and the Korean Cultural Centre UK in London.