They are misshapen, uneven, rough, and fragile, much like the unique experiences within diaspora, gender fluidity, and multiracial identities. Living within these identities leads to moments of euphoric self actualization that are also met with internalized pressure to assimilate. We create our own definitions for self and safety. The chopsticks represent a multitude of identities and bring memories of mealtime interactions we share–the passing of food, knowledge, and memory.
These chopsticks were made as a result of shared knowledge after engaging with the community at the Chautauqua artist residency in New York.