Drawing on her decades-long personal experience of displacement and immigration, Mimi Jung's new work explores the idea of assimilation. Through Jung's own identification with Korean, Asian-American and American cultures, her work examines the way individuals alternatingly accentuate and obfuscate facets of their cultures, based on their need to identify in a given environment. Her work questions what, if anything, exists at the core of cultural identification, when identification with one culture is dictated by the requirements of another.
Through weaving and casting, Jung represents this selection process of absorbing and rejecting aspects of cultural identity based on a perceived contextual void. The gaps and loose edges of each piece suggest a potential lack of integrity in both the original and present form. Rather than drawing focus to the holistic, repetitive pattern created by the warp and weft, Jung’s pieces instead emphasize irregular regions of emptiness.