Susan Lee-Chun

Korean-American, born 1976

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Susan Lee-Chun

Korean-American, born 1976

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Mining her Korean-American identity, Susan Lee-Chun explores notions of the “other,” assimilation, ethnicity, and cultural heritage in her tongue-in-cheek performances, installations, videos, photographs, and sweet bun-baking business. “I almost always focused on my identity as an Asian American woman,” she explains. “The art is about deception. About us being able to integrate ourselves into a space but [how we] can't conceal all our characteristics.” In her work, she represents this split between the assimilated and “exotic” self by incorporating two stereotyped versions of herself: Sue, reflecting her mainstream American side, wears a blonde wig and sensible dresses; Sioux, reflecting her Korean “otherness,” wears a spike on her head and appears as a vixen-warrior. Lee-Chun shows these selves together, in conflict, or separately, with Sue attempting to blend in to her surroundings, while Sioux rages against them.

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Mining her Korean-American identity, Susan Lee-Chun explores notions of the “other,” assimilation, ethnicity, and cultural heritage in her tongue-in-cheek performances, installations, videos, photographs, and sweet bun-baking business. “I almost always focused on my identity as an Asian American woman,” she explains. “The art is about deception. About us being able to integrate ourselves into a space but [how we] can't conceal all our characteristics.” In her work, she represents this split between the assimilated and “exotic” self by incorporating two stereotyped versions of herself: Sue, reflecting her mainstream American side, wears a blonde wig and sensible dresses; Sioux, reflecting her Korean “otherness,” wears a spike on her head and appears as a vixen-warrior. Lee-Chun shows these selves together, in conflict, or separately, with Sue attempting to blend in to her surroundings, while Sioux rages against them.

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