This is work from an ongoing series based on a trip to Seoul, South Korea in 2016. My partner is a Korean Adoptee and the trip was set in motion when deciding to attend a week-long gathering of Korean adoptees from around the world. I was able to learn from the experiences of others and explore a city that was as foreign to me as it was to my partner. The series is based on photos taken by both of us and these photos have been collaged, added to and manipulated before being translated into paint. They speak to my raw sensory impressions of this new environment, the emotions and ideas I imagined being projected onto it because of my own preconceptions of East Asian culture, and contemporary social issues specific to Korea that I learned about both during and after my trip.