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Ginny Huo
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I use mixed media to reconstruct personal narratives and cultural modern myths dictated in a system of communication through re-imagined collaboration and play. My artwork stems from my experience of the political landscape that has largely constructed my identity. The political in this narrative can be traced to my South Korean family’s assimilation to American life, and the traditional-cultural cautionary stories that were told to me as a child. They are captured in my work as the influx of fact and fiction. Inspired by historical story telling, the focus of my practice recently is to investigate political influence and the effects of religious myths to question hegemonic social narratives. While personally deconstructing my upbringing in a highly conservative Mormon faith, my new body of work discusses the pains of patriarchy and the hidden wounds it creates. By taking the vulnerable, personal and shared experiences of people from the community, I display the hidden realities in nonlinear, exaggerated and animated ways. In my work, I contort abstracted elements of the human body and nature in efforts to cloak the severity and subvert the discomfort of patriarchy. In the forms of video, performance, installations and public projects that are comprised with historical research collaged with humor, I seek to tell narratives of the unseen stories of the everyday people and communities I connect with.
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While deconstructing the shame of being raised in a conservative patriarchal religion, this new body of work created during my residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, discusses the pains of patriarchy and the palpable and hidden wounds it creates in a dark and playful manner. Using methods such as collage, painting, and sculptural drawings, I take the vulnerable, heavy experiences and display them in exaggerated, blithe ways to cloak the severity of the patriarchal infliction and subvert the discomfort of patriarchy. The animated style of the work illustrates the lightness of how sometimes patriarchy is accepted or portrayed in our culture as it slowly constructs a distressing fissure in our society.


 








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