‘Role-Play’

Artist Statement

The series of ‘Role-play’ expresses displacement through time and memory; the relationship between the human body and the physical material world. In this body of work I intend to engage expressive, cultural, and conceptual qualities of color and form by fabric and clothing as subject matters.  

My photography explores the processes of memory and identity as well. In this series, I focus on fabric and clothing as subject matter; shrouded female figures are set in relation to varying environments. Clothing itself conveys a slippery relationship between time and memory, and the public and private ways people inhabit it. This meditation entails challenging and important questions about representations of women, myself included. I feature myself in the frame, draped in fabrics harmonized with environments to examine and enact cultural camouflage. This strategy stems from my experiences as a Korean residing in the US for the past seven years and investigating my responses to this relocation. I use my camera to examine how my portrayal as an anonymous figure both visually conforms to American surroundings, but also conveys displacement. I express my sense of estrangement, by not only shielding my features, but also functioning as a visual barrier that the viewer cannot penetrate. Nevertheless, the colors of my shrouds play off the backdrops’ palette to communicate a will to connect with my newfound surroundings.