American Born Taiwanese, b. Providence, Rhode Island 1982
Currently residing and working in Baltimore, MD.
Using large-scale landscape paintings, sculptures, and installations, Phaan Howng cinematically stages the sublime and formidable beauty of a post-human earth in order to initiate dialogues about the current crises of world ecology and negative effects of the Anthropocene epoch. Her cinematic visions figure an “optimistic post-apocalypse” in works driven by her sympathy for nature and disappointment in humanity’s inability to cease, or even slow down its ecologically destructive habits as flora and fauna likewise slowly spiral their way towards extinction. In Howng’s most recent body of work, she imagines the idea of post-nature in unnatural, lurid colors that intensely combine with modern-day warfare tactics such as camouflage, creating environments that conceal themselves to confuse unwanted future colonizers and other damaging forces.