Medium : Mixed Media Collage
Scale : 26x30
I decided to create a multimedia collage on a cardboard box. At first I panicked about the simplicity of guidelines and restrictions but I think this allowed me to find an unfamiliar medium which effectively conveys my reflection about myself and my experience here in Baltimore. I was always ambivalent about my general presence as an art student. I was told an advice that if I made a decision, I should not look back and think about what would have happened if I chose differently, but I could not stop myself. I was scattered everywhere mentally and that is why I think a collage would be suitable for visually representing my state of mind. I have been pushing myself to try to fit in as soon as I possibly can without permission from myself, and I have been setting up some expectations which clashed loudly with reality. Baltimore, this environment, is so different from what I am used to, so I frankly do not know how to behave. I am from Korea, but I am also from an area where there were only two Korean kids in a K-12 school so now I do not know how to fluidly interact with both Korean and non-Korean people. Now my values, my mixed values from both Korea and Boulder, and traditional Korean values about race, gender, social issues, and all other things are clashing together. However, people try to learn and stay open for new things, and this particular diversity in Baltimore allows me to have hope about equality I did not have the chance to experience. I am still trying to learn what Baltimore is like, and because I am from somewhere where I am not familiar, I am full of questions, but I am at that state where I am too confused to ask. It’s been only 3 weeks and I don’t know much about everything, but I am willing to learn.
- Project proposal
On a package box, I did a collage from transcribed diary entries that I have written since I came to Baltimore to attend MICA, memes, and tin foil. Since I came to MICA I felt that I was being fake and gilded for most times from being in a new environment and trying to fit in so I thought tin foil was a good material to deliver that message.