Born To Be is a project based on the investigation of my grandma as a thesis project I've done at Illustration Practice program MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art.
I used to think my grandma was born old. No one had ever talked about our family history—everyone is looking forward to the future and so it seemed that things were always as they were in the present. Whenever I visited my grandma, she would tell me stories repeating them hundreds of times. These stories intrigued me, and caused me to look at her as a person other than just "my grandma”. This intriguing person had gone through so many life experiences that crossed significant historical events.
Getting to know her is also a process of getting to know myself. After numerous interviews and requests to see family photos, I feel deeper connections between me and the people with whom I share bloodlines, who came before me, who I have never met. I have learned that death is not the end point of discovering things about their life. We recognize our family—from someone's description or unintentional talks. Energies are intertwined; we carry little parts from them in ourselves. As we live, they live with their lives passed on through time.