floating, reflects the emotional experience occurring in response to feelings of cultural and social displacement. Seventy-two hand-sewn handbags made of mulberry paper are placed in rows on a wall. Projected upon them is a video of an origami paper boat, isolated and floating in a body of water. The handbag, is an everyday object, easily overlooked. It serves as a general metaphor of the identity which people carry. In contrast, the origami paper boat, a culturally familiar object, represents the Heejung Shin’s identity interacting with a new environment. As the paper boat floats, it is gradually absorbing the water, conforming to its surroundings. As a result, the boat is dissolving.
floating is an Illuminate The Night, Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council.