CANLIT FOOD PUN TOTE BAGS for PROJECT 40 COLLECTIVE

Inspired by Jasmine Gui's puns with book titles of three Asian.Canadian writers, Abby Ho and I created designs for tote bags to accompany the food-themed volume of LooseLeaf magazine. The tote bags have been screen-printed by Vicky To. You can read about our ideation process on the LooseLeaf blog.

Book: Ru by Kim Thúy

Book: Ru by Kim Thúy

Book: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Book: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Book: Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

Book: Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

 

BOOK COVER ILLUSTRATION

 

Infinity Petals (2016)

Poem: Adeah-Isabella Reitsma // Design: Jennifer Su

Lifeline Syria Art Gala & Silent Auction 2016, Innis Cafe.

As a collaboration with Adeah, this piece was one of the auction items for a fundraising event (which I co-organized with Jennifer Su and Amy Sullivan) to help raise money for Lifeline Syria Challenge at U of T. Initially started by Ryerson, Lifeline Syria Challenge is committed to mobilizing communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to bring and resettle Syrian refugees to Canada. 

 
 

nae-jip (2017)

From Project 40's Diasporasian Mythologies.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My stories are messy. I am an immigrant, but my parents are not immigrants. I am diasporic, but my family has remained in my mother country. I have spent majority of my life so far in Canada, yet I identify myself as Korean, yet I also cannot. I am still hurt by the negative responses which people of my ethnic background threw at me when I told them where I was born. I continuously question my positionality and complicity in the ongoing colonial project on the Indigenous land where I have found haven yet cannot call home.

This is the map of South Korea, the land which I call home yet cannot. I embed the story/myth which mark my childhood, my family history, and which brought me to where I am today as I carve through the land. I mould the land and build upon it, and run my fingers covered in paint over it. I desire to hold onto any “perfect” narrative I can find in myself as I attempt to smooth out the land. Every flaws are intentional. My stories will always be messy because they will always stem from that particular story/myth I have kept bundled in myself for a long time. And this land - my land - will always be supported by the safe base of my father and with my own confident claim of who I am.

 

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