SERA PARK CHOI (BFA)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PROVIDENCE
RISD (RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN)
My dad imported beads from China to Mexico. As his business slowed, he moved into to textiles to keep my family afloat, accumulating hundreds of boxes of beads in four rooms in Mexico City. With nowhere to go, the beads were a burden. I feel it is my responsibility to make something with them. I weave beads into flexible surfaces to create protection wear. Through different imagery I question if labour and beauty can disguise hate and make the wearer feel protected. I have never felt more anxious living in America, a country that is supposed to be my home; where my parents immigrated to in hopes for a better life. The past several months have proved that I would never be accepted as American because of my “othering” face.