My Bottari: Jusun S.

The Bottari is a traditional Korean object historically used by women to mobilize from a place on short notice. My previous experience with any Bottari was only through pictures taken during the Korean War. Lately, I have been relating the Bottari in comparison to my separate identity. This comparison metaphorically illustrates how I perceive the immigration experience on a journey of American citizenship.

Barcode labels indicate a product’s name, size, and value. Different sizes of screen printed labels in gold are sewed together with the name tag I used when I was in high school in Korea. On the back, the ‘House’ print (reduction print) sewn as well.

Utilizing a hand-stitched method of sewing expresses feelings of attachment, pressure, and labor. Through this detail, I can make a connection between the American dream and my family’s definition of “success.”

At the moment, my family and I reside in a mobile home community. I walk along this mobile home park, I notice the extreme similarities of homes in this neighborhood and can’t help but realize that I escaped into an excess of structuralism.

When I contemplate my visual and psychological triggers from my past, they challenge my desperate attempt to recall those memories of my identity before immigrating to the U.S.