My work explores themes of immigrant identity, otherness, and how identity is formed by place and the passage of time. Throughout my life I have been sensitive to how time moves and my view of self. When I think back to my childhood, I remember hiding my immigrant status out of fear of being ostracized. This fear stemmed from my need to fit in and be perceived as normal. I felt my immigrant identity automatically made me different and I didn’t want to be treated differently than anyone else. For the past year, I’ve been reconnecting with this part of my identity and it has become a huge factor within my work. Revisiting these feelings has made me look at the concept of human identity in a broader sense, finding interest in our attachments to physical place and how our perception and acceptance of ourselves develops throughout our lifetime.

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