Artist Statement

My work focuses on my experience navigating life as a Korean-American, as well as the formulation of my identity through Internet culture. Taking inspiration from wire frame models in 3D software, I recreate traditional Korean ceramic forms through intricate clay structures. The vessels, which are traditional in form but lack the surface area on which to apply traditional decoration, become a metaphor for the contrast between my physical appearance and my lack of a Korean cultural upbringing. Additionally, I am interested in the formulation of identity through the guise of online avatars. My sculptures utilize animal characters to act as my own avatars to tell personal narratives. Parts of these animals are deconstructed into wire frames to communicate the idea of a rendered, artificial moment. In contrast, I want the emotions of the avatars involved to communicate the authenticity of the experience.

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