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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jisun Myung

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jisun Myung.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am a food performance artist who leads community based food projects with 2 cups of love and a sprinkle of humor. My research interests are authenticity, identity, and how people practice these two things through food (cooking, eating, purchasing). I studied theater and I share my Korean-ness with US American folks with food – so food performance, voila.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I guess it applies to everybody, but the global pandemic made me feel useless – no theater, mass gathering, let alone sharing food with people. After a few weeks of depression, I was like ‘that’s it. I need to do something.’ I decided to learn something new- baking!

Fortunately, one of my friends was generous enough to share some sourdough starter that her mother made in 1986. The same year I was born! Once I (kind of) mastered the artistry of sourdough bread, I thought this loaf of bread is a perfect tool to give thanks to who deserve my grateful heart. It was a metaphor of me creating something beautiful with my skills and US American cultural origin. That’s how the ‘Appreciation Bread’ project started.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My recent work is ‘Miyeokguk project – a performance of Identity of Korean women diaspora.’ Miyeokguk is a seaweed soup that you eat when you give birth to a child in Korea culture. You also eat this same soup on your birthday to celebrate your birth and commemorate your mother. When you were young, Miyeokguk was just a warm soup that you eat on your birthday. As you get older, especially if you are a woman, it carries different layers of connection with your mother, the burden you are expected to carry, social norm, joy and pain of childbirth, etc.

I’ve interviewed dozens of Korean women living in North America and Europe to listen to their stories about their lives and journeys. What I vision for the final exhibition is to fill a room with water and seaweed and make audience to walk through it. But, we will see! There will be definitely a performance in January 2022 at NueBOX phoenix where I’m working as 2021 Studio/LAB Artist in Residence

I will be also working with Mesa Arts Center presenting a cooking workshop titled ‘When my stomach misses home’ in November, 2021. With a metaphor of spiciness with Korean culture, I’m going to lead audience to take a journey with my gochujang pasta and taste how I define home. Share a meal over discussions of what it is to be home.

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What were you like growing up?
I am the oldest child, daughter of a graphic designer and a classical singer. I was always told I’m too opinionated, loud, and difficult to handle for a girl.

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Image Credits
Ko Seunghee
Jenny Gerena

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