The Spaceworks Tacoma Residency was given to Patsy Surh O’Connell who is a member of the Korean American Artists Association of Washington. She recruited KAAAW members Sun Watkins and Bella Kim for her installation work.
Patsy Surh O’Connell with Bella Kim & Sun Watkins // Uprooted – To Nourish Us All
11th & Commerce St.
May 2022 – August 2022
She wanted to showcase the fine traditional clothing donations the Asia Pacific Cultural Center received from the Korean immigrants coming to USA with their traditional Korean Hanbok (dress), but never having a chance to wear them. She wants to honor those faceless and nameless donors. She realized that all those uprooted by coming to this country are not only Koreans but also so many people from many different countries who came to make their homes here as new Americans.
Thus, she decided to have those people who came here, especially Tacomans to make their presence to be recognized by writing on rice paper their own ancestor’s cultural root names to paste to the tree trunks symbolizing that they were all also uprooted and are now enriching our USA with their cultural roots.