The triptyque is inspired by the artist’s experience of racism that deeply relates to the Asian community–especially toward Asian women. Each artwork sarcastically discusses racist preconceptions portrayed regarding Asians, such as dog-eating and fetishism (개버거), unrealistic beauty standards, plastic surgery addicts, and imposed Western beauty standards (プラスチック焼き), and racism and conflict inside the Asian community targeting South & South Eastern Asians derived from the narrow-minded image of a pervasive third-world country (Bańh Rác). Food, a discrimination-free field, was chosen as a commonality reverberating throughout the triptyque. The purpose is to examine cultural appropriation and racism while challenging the absolute ridicule prevalent in modern society.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bridget Jeongyeon Choi is a self-taught, mixed-media artist focusing on Painting and Textiles, based in Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago, USA. She is studying as a freshman at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her practices investigate themes of cultural dialects, personal narratives, and the importance of “perspective change.” Her work physicalizes emotions and experiences by constructing pieces that include painting, drawing, textiles and fibers, sculpture, and installation. Utilizing human relationships and affect alongside her narrative, she navigates the healing process and the theme of indirect criticism. Her practice generally deals with what it is to be an Asian woman from her perspective, and she continuously searches for what it means to inherit her tradition.
© Bridget Jeongyeon Choi