Updated: Feb 10
A drawing made during winter break, whilst watching a documentary about the
American Artist Ray Johnson " How to draw a bunny " for the third time.
I think growing up in America as a Korean immigrant, definitely shaped my way of
responding to the world. My father had a job opportunity to work for research in a lab,
so we moved when I was four years old.
At the time I only knew how to say " My name is " and " I like Pink "
Body language was mainly used to communicate with teachers.
It was truly an alienating experience.
I remember there was one teacher who I grew very attached to.
Mrs. Davis. She just hugged me every morning. She would put me on her lap and read me books.
At the time I was also obssessed with the disney movie " The little mermaid"
especially because the main character Ariel is a lively girl with dreams of love and a better world,
She becomes mute in turn of becoming a human and threatened by an evil octopus queen.
6 months in I picked up English, learnt alphabets, etc.
As I aged I felt a horrible pressure on my shoulders to somehow represent my country,
back in the early to mid 2000s, there were a lot of people who didn't even know my country
existed. I was tired of being stared at, or being questioned about my origins.
I just wanted to be treated like a person, not an " ethnic" person.
Often being faced with the end before the beginning ever begun.
Art has always kept me on the line, helped me out of loneliness.