From the ArtistMy work examines cultures created under the influence of colonial and post-colonial regimes and their relationship to The Land. I mine foodstuffs, recipes and archival materials such as photographs and tourist publications in order to reconstruct and create a new series of narratives, which I juxtapose against the stories told by the colony to sell romantic notions about nature and labor.
Through sculpture and painting I use food items and recipes to explore migration patterns, both voluntary and involuntary, and how cultures have been created through the influence of multiple mother cultures and the conditions of The Land. By manipulating photographs and tourism imagery, I investigate how The Land has been sold through picturesque fantasy and fantastic copy.
I ask the viewer to question the 'real,' the seen and unseen in order to navigate these conflicting narratives.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
Andrea Chung was born in Newark, NJ. She earned a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, New York City; an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME.