Six years ago, I had a solo exhibition for YONKEROS at the beautiful, zen-like Ryugaheon Gallery, only steps away from the old Imperial Palace of Seoul. I was so honored to be invited by Guest Curator Joanne Junga Yang. The show changed my relationship to the city and gave me a sense of belonging to it in a different way.
As part of the public programs, I was invited to give an Artist Talk. I agreed but also imposed upon HRM to be my translator. She graciously accepted. My Mother-in-Law, who does not speak English, was in the audience that day.
Every so often I glanced at her expression as HRM translated my words. Looking at her, I felt as if finally, after years of knowing her, she was truly meeting me for the first time.