In-between

This notion of displacement was particularly highlighted by the way in which my name was altered upon arriving in Providence, RI. Shifting to an American cultural context, the position of my first and last name is changed: the order of my name switches to Bon Hae Koo from Koo Bon Hae.

As a response to this experience, I constructed a mirror consisting of two parts that have been joined at a 90 degree angle. One half of the mirror is the shape of the first initial of my name written in Hangeul: ‘ㄱ.’ The other half is the shape of the first initial of my name written in the Latin alphabet: ‘B.’ The letterforms are constructed as the frame of the mirror, creating a streamlined outline. When I stand in front of the mirror my reflection is cut in half, appearing on both sides of the reflective plane.
2015, Mirror, 16 x 16 X 40 inches

Special thanks to Gail Fredell who oversaw the creation of the work.

Featured in Dimensions Variable: RISD Graphic Design Department Triennial 2015, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, USA