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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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A written thesis to accompany the M.F.A. Exhibition Mending What’s Invisible, in which the artist’s personal experiences and memories explore the cultural identities and femininity in Korea and the US. These identities are explored by using traditional Korean motifs, embroidery patterns, and the visual images of the artist's childhood photographs in the projects of “Reconnecting of Nostalgia” and “Mutating”. Also the visual clips of the artist's hometown is demonstrated in the video project “Things I hated” that discusses criticalities of Korean cultures and a sense of nostalgia for childhood in Korea. The project comes out of a personal need to connect the artists' different identities but also wants to create an awareness of the conflict between different cultural understandings of Korea and the US.


First Advisor

Jenny Vogel

Second Advisor

Jeff Kasper

Third Advisor

Mahwish Chishty

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