Senior thesis project as a Studio Art major. 9′ x 9′ x 11′, Mixed Media Installation, 2006, Wellesley College.

Challenge

Visually communicating the conflicts and discrepancies of a bi-cultural identity, my senior thesis served as a platform for achieving tangible reconciliations. Through the installation, viewers were encouraged to share in my journey and experience it for themselves. The thesis strived to show that the integration of two differing cultures could result in a greater potential for community.

Approach

The installation included relief printed wallpaper replicating traditional Korean fabric with a modified emblem (depicting my initial) and installed with nails. A wallpaper pattern based on traditional Korean fabric shifted outward from a confined grid to a looser map of my American hometown. Finally, hanging panels mimicking Korean silk screens were created from sheer fabric and hand-sewn with images of my hands.

    Sketch studies of my hands

    Sketch studies of my hands

    Exploration of my hands using thread, canvas and fabric

    Exploration of my hands using thread, canvas and fabric

    Carving fabric patterns into relief print templates and visualizing the installation space

    Carving fabric patterns into relief print templates and visualizing the installation space

    Final installation

    Final installation