H Y U N G I
1995 - USA
Park’s work inherently embodies the idea of borders, as mental/physical limits of exhaustion, or expectations of an audience or herself. She is considering where the contemporary world and metaphysical healing intersect in relation to identifying as a woman of color. She is the first American born in her family, as her parents emigrated from Korea to achieve the “American Dream”. Park’s upbringing as a Korean American and the struggles of belonging to neither culture carries in her work, containing the juxtaposition of cultural traditions in modern society.
Her practice is conceptual, yet is heavily involved in site, charged objects, and interaction-balancing sensory stimulations and considerations of environment. Park is exploring the ideas of care/self care recontextualized through connections with bodies during a performance. These ideas and gestures are integrated in her rituals to serve as reactionary entities to change a state of being.
A letter: "sent from my iPhone"
Park will exhibit her performance work into an altarpiece of talismans, there will be rows of talismans- comprised of tattooed oranges in vacuum sealed bags (a mode of preservation). Each orange will be tattooed with different sigils from emails of her parent’s rejection, displaying the complex tension of their relationship which discusses not only the generational gap, but cultural and language barriers as a child of immigrants. Handmade incense made out of spit and local herbs from Spoleto will be continuously burning.
Thinking about ritual vs routine to then essentially ritualize a routine, Park is considering her bicultural identity as Korean American and combining the Eastern ideas of a ritual with Western trendy new age heath routines (which are white-washing cultural routines that are now being capitalized off of). Park creates her own talismans to carry out the primitive idea of the transference of energy by consuming them, i.e. drinking the ashes of talismans or juicing tattooed oranges.