Saneun Hwang



Saneun is a multidisciplinary visual artist and graphic designer based in Brooklyn. Her body of work revolves around book art, interweaving a wide array of media such as graphic art, photography, drawing, and concrete poetry. Saneun’s art poses existential questions about origins, presence, and the sense of identity by creating visual archives.

Artists’ books dematerialize the concept of “owning art” into an extended form of art that can easily be updated, preserved, and is suitable for travel. By subverting the traditional gallery experience where artwork is appreciated only by looking at the art piece, her work asks viewers not only to get into close contact with the work but to interact and communicate with it, giving a tangible experience to the viewers.

She graduated with a BFA Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. Her work was featured in The Long Island City Journal, JAB (The Journal of Artists' Books), Graphis Photography Annual, and NYSAI Press. She has shown her work at Local Project Gallery, Brooklyn; the Moma PS1 (NYABF); Korean Culture Center New York; Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn; Lazy Susan Gallery, NY. Saneun is also a recipient of 2021 Queens Art Fund.


Two Parallel Lines (NYC Subway Encounters) is the artist’s personal project since 2013, where she moved to New York for the first time. The goal is to capture the beauty of everyday moments caught during her subway rides since 2013. Started as a few snapshots in an effort to cope her boredom during the commute to school, now it has continued to develop into more serious commitment as the artist settled her life in New York.

This artist book is the first volume of many more to come. As for the title, the artist referenced from a word “Parallel” as it the definition portrays the subject matter. The size of the book is same as the MTA metro card and the accordion book binding gives an impression of a train.

/ˈperəˌlel/ adjective
(of lines, planes, surfaces, or objects) side by side and having the same distance continuously between them.“parallel lines never meet”

“Waiting for my train. I stare at the other side of the platform.
The platform, filled with a variety of impromptus, suddenly appear as a stage to me.
Under the light of the sky and the overhead lamps, the choreography of daily life comes alive.
I pick up my camera and capture the moment.”


Two Parallel Lines (NYC Subway Encounters)

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