“Who am I?” I ask,
“You are wasting your time trying to answer that.” He sighs.
“Then, who’s inside of me? Somebody is knocking here.” I point at my head.
“…Don’t pay attention to such small potatoes.” Once again, he sighs deeply.
I know there is a hidden figure within me, waiting to unlock its true potential.
That person is not myself, yet it is myself.
That person is a description of myself, yet is a different character.
That person and I are the same, yet we are completely different.
I am intrigued…most intrigued.
I need to know who that person is.
I don’t know who that person is, but I know where it resides.
That person is hiding within my own soul.
So, I guess it’s time to begin on my road trip to find that person…or myself…or both.
I have always been curious about my own self, as to who I am. My character has always seemed to be shrouded behind illusions that I simply need to look past. This was the mindset I placed for myself when I began this project.
I used the “outside” area of the picture (CT Scan Image) and juxtaposed it with “inside” area of the picture to visualize that abstract quest to uncover my identity.
Also, I decided to snip parts of road maps usually found in atlases to depict the various complicated neurons and synapses of my brain, which is often confused. I then applied layers of these paper maps in addition to a blue led light to exemplify depth of my mind.
I had just begun my road trip to find the person I am looking for, but I already know it will be endless task.
Chris Kim, 16, is a junior from Bellevue High School, located in Bellevue, WA. This young aspiring student believes that art is an excellent utility for self-expression as well as communication with his community. He loves experimenting with diverse media to create various forms of visual arts: paintings, mixed media, animations, and political cartoons. When he is not working on his artworks, Chris avidly builds and programs with his robotics team, enthusiastically plays his musical instruments, and practices his Taekwondo lessons. When looking at his recent activities, Chris has excitedly exhibited and sold his artworks at a local art fair as well as earning several art awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In addition to his artistic interest, he enjoys playing video games in his spare time while watching political, preferably unbiased, news.