Many of these earlier work are my commentaries of adjusting to the American culture as an immigrant from South Korea,, raising our three boys and searching and finding who I am.

Namesake:  This is a story of what it was like to shed my identity as Jungeun and to take another as Jennifer  in my New American home.  8.5h x 16"w   paper, yarn

Namesake: This is a story of what it was like to shed my identity as Jungeun and to take another as Jennifer  in my New American home.

8.5h x 16"w 

paper, yarn

Absence of "a":  As an immigrant, first we hone our observational skills then often we notice that so much of what we see and believe is not on terra firma, yet we continue to see what we think should be there.  3" x 3" x3"  cotton threads, Fomcore  2007

Absence of "a": As an immigrant, first we hone our observational skills then often we notice that so much of what we see and believe is not on terra firma, yet we continue to see what we think should be there.

3" x 3" x3"

cotton threads, Fomcore

2007

Symbiosis:  echinoderms, sea urchins, were my inspiration. Acclimating to new culture is like being at home with the strange and the discomforting and still learning to find ease with them.  2"h x 24"w x 24"d  Clay, Carpet samples  2009

Symbiosis: echinoderms, sea urchins, were my inspiration. Acclimating to new culture is like being at home with the strange and the discomforting and still learning to find ease with them.

2"h x 24"w x 24"d

Clay, Carpet samples

2009

Two Sides of a Story:  My three boys, like any siblings close in age, would argue often and turn to me to arbitrate and decide whose perspective was right. These baskets, woven in newspaper full of opinions and its angles of stories reminded me of my boys arguments that they aptly spun in their favor.  8"h x 15"w x 8"d  newspaper, lacquer  2007

Two Sides of a Story: My three boys, like any siblings close in age, would argue often and turn to me to arbitrate and decide whose perspective was right. These baskets, woven in newspaper full of opinions and its angles of stories reminded me of my boys arguments that they aptly spun in their favor.

8"h x 15"w x 8"d

newspaper, lacquer

2007

Growing Overnight:  Each year the drawers would fill with outgrown jeans of our three boys. Like butterflies casting their cocoons, they were reminder of the boy's impending metamorphosis to adulthood.  2"h x24"w x6"d  Window screen, threads  2009

Growing Overnight: Each year the drawers would fill with outgrown jeans of our three boys. Like butterflies casting their cocoons, they were reminder of the boy's impending metamorphosis to adulthood.

2"h x24"w x6"d

Window screen, threads

2009

My Three Boys:  One is all shiny but sensitive inside, one is beautiful like a drawing and has a temper that runs hot to cold, and one is ingenious who can make a fabric out of a pipe. And these are my three boys  3"h x 24"w x 9"d  Gutter guard, Window screen, Pipe Insulator, Fabric remnants  2009

My Three Boys: One is all shiny but sensitive inside, one is beautiful like a drawing and has a temper that runs hot to cold, and one is ingenious who can make a fabric out of a pipe. And these are my three boys

3"h x 24"w x 9"d

Gutter guard, Window screen, Pipe Insulator, Fabric remnants

2009

Breath   48 x48  wool and synthetic yarn  2006

Breath

48 x48

wool and synthetic yarn

2006

Do You See What I See?;  Drawing Anime eyes was my favorite doodling during what seemed like interminable school days in Korea. With it, I drew how I feel as an immigrant, always wondering whether what I saw is what others saw.  72 x48  muslin, Ink

Do You See What I See?; Drawing Anime eyes was my favorite doodling during what seemed like interminable school days in Korea. With it, I drew how I feel as an immigrant, always wondering whether what I saw is what others saw.

72 x48

muslin, Ink

Do You See What I See?- sketch  36 x 26  muslin, ink  2007

Do You See What I See?-sketch

36 x 26

muslin, ink

2007

Glee   11x9  charcoal drawing, threads  2017

Glee

11x9

charcoal drawing, threads

2017