Editor’s note: Atlanta artists face uncertainty amid Covid-19. To help us all connect, ArtsATL offers this series. In each “In Our Own Words,” an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.
In March, I had a two-person show opening in New York City. It was my debut exhibition there and after just one week, the gallery had to close due to this pandemic. I also had a solo show in Atlanta that has been delayed until January 2021. Last week, an influential museum canceled my public art grant, so I will need to readjust my project plan within a much smaller budget. I have been reevaluating what is important and what is not in daily life. I have been attached to many unnecessary ambitions, concerns, objects and relationships. It is time to apply the Marie Kondo method mentally as well as physically.
It has been unfortunate that I have not been able to work in my new studio at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The studio has been closed since March. Nevertheless, I have remained focused and worked diligently in my little studio at home where I have been making art, applying for exhibition opportunities and grants, fixing meals for my family, reading some books and watching Korean TV dramas. In a way, I appreciate how my time passes slowly and quietly these days.
My goal is to produce plenty of work during this challenging period. In response to this pandemic, I plan to complete a public-art work early next month and find the right location to install it. I hope the right vaccine comes out soon to treat the disease so we can prevent more lives from being lost. I hope all the horrible hate crimes against Asians and other minorities will stop. We need to work together for a kinder and more inclusive world.
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