Julia Kwon created this face mask using bojagi, a Korean style of patchwork. As a Korean American textile artist from Northern Virginia, her work explores notions of gender and identity. She made the Unapologetically Asian masks in response to anti-Asian racism and violence during the pandemic.
“I became deeply aware of how I may be misperceived not only as a perpetual foreigner, but, now during this pandemic, also as a carrier or cause of the COVID-19 virus. I felt tired and frustrated by the pressures to exist quietly and invisibly. So, I decided to create vibrant Korean patchwork face masks to unapologetically celebrate my ethnic identity.” —Julia Kwon
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022
- folded with elastic loops: 5 3⁄4 x 7 3⁄4 x 3⁄4 in. flat with elastic: 5 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄2 x 1 5⁄8 in.
© 2020, Julia Kwon
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund
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- Korean silk, cotton canvas, muslin, elastic
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