These paintings were created while in residence at Lakeside Inn, just 20 mins away from Stevensville, where I grew up. I lived in Stevensville from 5th grade until freshman year of high school. During that time I was bullied, verbally harassed and humiliated by having my pants pulled down in gym class regularly.
I wrote about this challenging time then translated it with Google into Korean because I’m nowhere near fluent. I painted the Korean hangul in an abstract way as an aesthetic, rather than a legible body of text. In America I’m seen as Asian, and when I visited Korea, I was seen as American; accepted by neither. The fragmented English and Korean text are an effort to illustrate my Korean-American experience.