Copy of artist statement

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"I DO NOT FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD.

I DO NOT BELONG."

This is the story I have been telling myself all my life... As a dramatic girl in a stoic family. As a Korean-American in a small white town. As a person who creates in a society that consumes. As a shamanic old soul in a disconnected modern world.

 

But what if this sense of isolation and not belonging is what connects me most intimately to this world? Korea, the country of my ancestors and my origin, is divided and suffering. The United States, the country I was born and raised in, is divided and suffering. I BELONG TO THE WORLD. The world lives within me. Therefore, I too am suffering. I too am divided.

 

But my true nature is whole. Just as the heart and soul of Korea and America are actually whole. What if we could awaken to this wholeness, to this sense of home, without having to fix or fight what we see outside?

 

My art, my heart's expression, is what brings me home. When I express from my heart, I remember the truth of who I am. I share these creations of wholeness so that we may all awaken to the remembrance of HOME and co-create a world in which everyone knows they belong.