Tan Tans’ Garden: The Cloning of Grief

TanTan Hong

Tan Tans’ Garden is a research-based practice deeply rooted in the creation and dissection of a parafictional world. Tan Tans’ Garden is a metaphorical parallel universe birthed by the effects that American imperialism had on the Korean Peninsula, the Korean culture, and the Korean diaspora. The works discuss the creation of this world along with the studies of its landscape and its historical ecology. The creative process manifests itself through critical analysis of histories and creative approaches to world-building, bookmaking, letter writing, collages, drawings, storytelling, object making, and video documentary. At the same time, the practice mutates itself into narratives of science-fiction and notions of post-humanism. I am heavily interested in how vulnerability, fermented memories, and the process of mourning can be utilized to explore the radiating violence of American imperialism. The works in Tan Tans’ Garden invite you to a fictional world in which the personal insights and intimate effects of being a byproduct of U.S. imperialism can be explored.









Coloning of Grief , 2021, Installation
Ecofacts , 2021, mixed media sculpture
Ecofacts , 2021, mixed media sculpture
Tan Tans’ Garden (landscape of mass birth), 2021. mixed media sculpture 190 x 230 cm
Tan Tans’ Garden (landscape of mass birth), 2021. mixed media sculpture 190 x 230 cm (detail)
Tan Tans’ Garden (landscape of mass birth), 2021. mixed media sculpture 190 x 230 cm (detail)
Tan Tans’ Garden (landscape of mass birth), 2021. mixed media sculpture 190 x 230 cm (detail)
Tan Tans’ Garden – Inside and Outside, 2021, multimedia drawing, 170 x 100 cm (detail)
ecofacts , 2021, mixed media sculpture (detail)
Tan Tans’ Garden – The beginning in 1945, 2019. Hanji paper, marker, gel pen, acrylic and muk on Bristol Paper, 165cm x 235cm (detail)
Artifacts, 2021, mixed media sculpture
Coloning of Grief , 2021, Video
Coloning of Grief , 2021, Video











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TanTan is a multimedia installation artist, visual storyteller, writer, bookmaker, and educator from South Korea. Her practice has been based in Seoul, Hong Kong, LA, and now, in Vancouver. Her practice and research concern microorganisms, memories, and world building; the studies interworked between parafictional and historical landscapes birthed by American imperialism. TanTan holds a BFA from CalArts and is currently in her final year of her MFA at ECUAD.