Sometimes, I forget that I am the daughter of Korean immigrants. But most of the time, while navigating through this world, I hear, see or feel things and I am reminded of where my parents come from. This is always strange to me because, I didn’t come from Korea. I was born and raised in a small, suburban enclave of Los Angeles, and grew up on pop tarts, sitcoms from the 70’s, and 80’s New Wave. So where does the constant reminder come from? And where is there a place for the other parts of my experience: the miso soup and rice that my grandmother made for breakfast, donning a hanbok on New Year’s Day and bowing to my elders, or the heavy silence of familial, nonverbal communication.

My work is a response to this dissonance that I felt and feel still between my experiences of living as an American citizen in California and that of being the daughter of Korean immigrants. Sometimes overlapping and sometimes opposing, I investigate how others see me along this spectrum of cultural assimilation and perpetual foreignness. What does it mean to live somewhere in the middle, with pop tarts and miso soup at my breakfast table?

I do this primarily by pulling from traditional folk crafts of Korea and by presenting them in a new and modern framework. Paintings and drawings that catch the eye with bright colors or decorative patterns at first seem to honor their cultural heritage, but in the labor intensive process of repeating become something else entirely. The backbone to all of my work is the meditative and repetitive processes employed to make them, whether painting continuous lines of gouache or hand weaving strands of my own hair.


born:

in Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works:

in the San Francisco Bay area

Education:

2010 MFA in painting, San Francisco Art Institute

2002 BFA in painting, Boston University, College of Fine Arts

shows and exhibitions:

2017 APAture 2017: Unravel, The Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2017 Foreigner, Orphan, Widow, Novel Brewing Co., Oakland, CA

2016 Concentrate Alumni Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Collect!, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2015 Here, Part 1: BAC’s Artist Annual Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2012 Glorious People, Café Yesterday, Berkeley, CA

2011 Over My Dead Body, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2011 Neither Here Nor There, The Kearny Street Workshop, San Fr­ancisco, CA

2011 Cream, from the top, The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010 Vernissage: SFAI MFA Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2010 Between Lines, The Kitsch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 The Drawing Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI

2009 Perception of Place, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI

2009 Locality, SubMission Art Center, San Francisco, CA

2009 Group Show, Swell Gallery, SFAI

2002 BFA Show, The Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA