I am a multidisciplinary installation artist whose works explores the intersections of culture and technology. As a biracial Korean-American that grew up in the American South, my work is deeply connected to social issues regarding American identity and otherness. I seek to push the boundaries of how we interact with and perceive time-based artwork by using unexpected approaches and materials. Often installed as themed tableaus, my work is intended to be experienced through various sensate strategies by asking the audience to not simply “view” but to also touch and feel. Having been trained in classical studio arts, I often incorporate handmade processes into my work. These multi-sensory presentations provide the audience with an immediacy of engagement, making complex narratives personalized and accessible.
Valery Jung Estabrook was born in Plantation, Florida, and grew up on an organic Asian pear farm in rural southwestern Virginia. She holds an MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, Lagos, Bilbao, and Melbourne. In 2018 she received the Gold AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Award, an annual award recognizing artists of Korean heritage in the United States. She currently resides in New Mexico.