Serena Hocharoen, MFA 2020

February 19-22, 2020

Opening Reception: February 21st, 6-8pm

“Orange Communication Device” Hollow ceramic orange filled with clay beads, ceramic baskets, mesh fruit bag. Baskets: 2” x 2” x 4” each. Photo credit: Alec Smith 

“Rain any time, any where” Vitasoy containers filled with jasmine rice, Left: 1.5 in x 2.5 in x 50 in, Right: 1.5 in x 2.5 in x 25 in., 2019 Photocredit: Alec Smith

Artist Statement

My work is an investigation and recreation of objects, spaces, and memories that generate feelings of comfort, belonging, and home for me as an Asian diasporic person growing up in the United States. Drawing from memories and dreams of domestic and culturally specific public spaces like Thai restaurants or bubble tea cafes, I create installations and participatory works that question what diasporic utopia might look like. I reconstruct and alter the mundane and cultural objects that inhabit these spaces through prints, fibers, ceramics, zines, and music playlists. Placing these objects within immersive, dream-like installations, I hope to forge connections between these objects and create places of rest and comfort for the in-between states of diasporic uncertainty.