My work deals with issues of self and identity. More specifically
it investigates and questions the dualistic nature and authenticity
of self as an individual or self as part of a collective whole.
I am also interested in my role as an artist and visual rhetor
and how that is transcribed to the viewer. My work is engaged
in developing a dialogue with the viewer in effort to evoke
a shared (myself and viewer) or collective memory and /or
Working within the spatial context, my art questions the idea
of authenticity and identity formation as it relates to Orientalism,
Western hegemony and the Other. My work also investigates
particular dualistic tendencies that are dominate and submissive
within my self. My ethnicity spans two cultures and I am concurrently
Asian (Korean) and Caucasian (North American). This dichotomy
has proven itself to be both blessing and curse, each dependent
upon the specificity of any given situation. Though these
are the most obvious of the dualities that are existent, matters
become complicated when such things as feminine/masculine,
artist/wife, teacher/student, adult/child etc. are factored
in. When one or the other dominate roles surface, which is
the true or authentic self? Do these roles surface due to
nature or due to conditioning?
I am interested in creating art that transcends the objectness
of materials and becomes experience. On a base level, all
of my work is narcissistic in that its genesis stems from
lived and perceived personal experiences. However, I am considering
my audience and what it is they receive as viewer of my art.
As an artist, my purpose is to communicate. The most effective
way I can communicate is by sharing work that is imbued with
the residue of my experience. This allows me to exchange the
transferal of ownership from individual (original experience
or feeling) to collective (communal experience or feeling)
and the viewer is able to (re)experience it as their own.
– Donna Stack