Joyland

Hyeseung Marriage-Song

Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Houston, Texas, Hyeseung Marriage-Song is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who makes large-scale figurative paintings toggling between resolution and fragmentation. Her latest body of work, a contemporary response to the mythology of the golem, is an exploration of the themes of creativity, psychological incipience and the life of the artist. Her awards include the Greenshields Foundation Grant (two-time winner), Baltimore Magazine’s “40 Under 40” for her work creating synergies between the science and art communities in that city, and numerous residencies. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is often invited to address high school and college audiences, and was recently a featured speaker at Princeton University’s TedX Conference. Her drawings and paintings are frequently exhibited and reside in collections around the world. She is completing her first book, a memoir called Head Study, about how as a first-generation Korean-American immigrant she defied the expectations of her spectacularly unsuccessful entrepreneurial family in Texas to ultimately became a painter in New York City.