Way Back Portal

Audrey An

Way Back Portal

(2021) - 31x8x76" Ceramics, Wood, and Metal

I am a Third Culture Kid. From growing up moving between South Korea and the United States, I developed a relationship with both. I make work that examines this in-betweenness seeking the positive. Pulling from universal to a personal understanding of cultural artifact, architecture and topography offer a mixture of organic and mechanized tension. I create a visual mapping of places I once inhabited by integrating digital technology with the analog handling of clay as a metaphor for my transcultural experience.

The combination of hand-built and digitally fabricated ceramic modules assist in navigating the spectrum between my "past and present" and my "here and there" to claim my space and locate a sense of belonging. Individual modules are pieces from my youth and contain secrets that define my coming of age. These parts, when collaged into installations, are a harmonious collision giving physicality to the fragments of my cultural upbringing. I aspire to create reflections of my identity to speak about my experience from the boundaries of cultural convergence. My work develops through transitioning between these two methods of creation. This trans-processing style of making objects is reminiscent of the transcultural making of me.