Embossing on paper, 26″x36″, 2018-present
Gyopo is a Korean word that means Korean emigrants and their descendants who live outside of Korea. Among other terms, Gyopo has a connotation that the link between them and their home country has been lost or weakened. The embossing makes the individual immigrant portrait hard to see and enhances the notions of void and simplicity of white-on-white—the Korean traditional aesthetics established during the Confucian Joseon Dynasty. The work also serve as political commentary on the immigrants’ sociopolitical instability and diasporic identity navigating the challenges of being both brave and vulnerable while existing both inside and outside. For most new prints, I extend the project by including other minority women immigrants.