Name: Ann B Kim
Statement: I am interested in the processes of transformation, especially the ones that happen when one culture or belief system meets another whether through violent collision or fluid assimilation. This interest in duality is something that also manifested itself in previous series of works of mine for years although not as prominently as in this new series, and perhaps can be traced back to my own multicultural background. With a presupposition that myths contain a collective human narrative, I use images of iconic mythological figures from different cultures as visual metaphors for this exchange. By combining these figures in various states of schism, fluid transformation, and/or mutual disappearance, my aim is to create a multilayered dialogue and interpretation. This piece is my reflection on the phoenix, an archetypical image of rebirth that happens to exist in both Eastern and Western world. Visually, I want to create a coexistence of unlikely and even paradoxical elements such as East vs. West, oil vs. water, harmony vs. fragmentation.
Near D 282
400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
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