Duality in Culture

Michael Berardis

Graphic Design
I am interested in exploring the relationships between my ethnic and cultural origins, Korean, and the culture I was adopted into by my family, Italian. Through my family, I have found a love for food, and now associate food and meals with family and gatherings. My family does not have many Italian traditions that we practice other than through food, and I find that I connect to my Korean culture most often through food as well. Growing up, it was difficult for me to connect to my Korean culture in a meaningful way and to combat this I found Korean cuisine. I constructed what I see as an Italian Korean fusion, not in a restaurant setting, but in a home kitchen. I recreated many aspects of the kitchen and showed how I have connected these items with my culture and family.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.