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Entry for the 9th Annual Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, March 02, 2023, Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Andre Lee Bassuet.
artists' books; Baker & Whitehill
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Materials + Techniques
Handmade paper, chipboard, maroon paper, screen-print, risograph, xerox, cyanotype, woodblock, paper engraving, paper cutting
When I first started learning English in preschool, my mother began stocking our bookshelves with Korean folktale children’s books to keep four-year-old me connected to our homeland’s culture. Years after nearly losing my mother tongue to tuna sandwiches and episodes of Arthur, I found myself gravitating back towards these old picture books. In an attempt to portray the second generation experience of reconnecting with one’s cultural identity after a lifetime away from the homeland, these prints illustrate and narrate nine of my favorite folktales and explore Korean iconography in its elements, including the structure itself, which is modeled after traditional Korean folding screens.
Bae, Gina; Collections, Special; and Library, Fleet, "Back When Tigers Used to Smoke" (2022). 9th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest 2023. 27.