From Left to Right, Mamabot-Ms.Daegu, Mamabot-hindsight 2020, Ma(ma)bot. 48"W x 2.5"D x 78"H.
Mamabot-Ms.Daegu, 2020, Mamabot-Hindsight, 2020, Ma(ma)bot, 2021
These are all created during the Pandemic while spending plenty of time at home with my 5 yrs old son, Pierce, who loves robots.
As I investigated my sense of home, one of the strong sentiments was that home is where mom is. So I created Mamabot about my mom, who was born in Daegu, S. Korea. I have never lived or visited Daegu yet. Mamabot-Ms.Daegu has a collaborative element- I got five graphite drawings from Megan Gafford, a local artist who spent her childhood in Daegu.
ARRIVED, SERIES OF SUITCASES, 2016 -
At age 16, I decided to reduce all my life into two check-ins and a carry-on. “The packing, which is the act—the art—of figuring out what not to take. You packed what you thought was essential, discarded what you thought wasn’t, spent years figuring out how much of that you’d gotten right (from A Ghost Story by Aharon Levy, 2019)”. As anonymous and hard to identify as they are at the arrival from the distance, yet unique and compelling at the personal level, these black suitcases embody shared emotions by the immigrants.
"These bags have arrived. The pockets are bulging out. The zippers are undone, revealing the interior. Have carried their maximum load of essentials, the straps are not secured and are unable to hold together one’s belongings. In this series, titled Arrived, suitcases are various internal spaces of my journey". - from artist's notes