Jessica Byrd Ghyvoronsky
Jessica Byrd Ghyvoronsky’s work is deeply informed by her multicultural Korean-American background. Her father’s military assignments required the family to travel to a new home every 1-2 years, which resulted in an international mindset in Jessica’s early years. As a child, her sense of identity was both fluid and fragile as she was not tied to a certain people or place, with little understanding of her own ancestral background. Her exposure to different cultures both inside and outside of the home gave her a great sense of wonder and appreciation for the visual languages and traditions that presented themselves around her. These cultural motifs, symbols, and icons now greatly inform Ghyvoronsky’s work as she seeks to test the literal and metaphorical boundaries that separate countries, cultures, and people groups. Using the very materials that touch real people, ranging from everyday worn traditional dress to military-grade uniforms, she fuses foreign materials together to create mixed media sculptural forms and installations. As she embarks on her own personal journey of intentionally “blurring lines“, she hopes to nurture a sense of appreciation and understanding of what interconnectedness means for the viewers that engage with her work.
800 fabric petals made from Korean traditional hanbok dresses and U.S. uniforms
The Unknown Soldier
500 handformed brass military dogtags and korean hanbok material