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10 Questions with… Onjena Yo

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Co-Curator: Onjena Yo
Website: www.ethyr.me
Toy Submission: Multilingual Alphabet "What's on your fridge?" faux fridge & poster

1. Where are you originally from?
My Dad was from Pittsburgh and served in the Air Force. He met and married my Mom in South Korea. I was born in Texas but raised in Ohio (military brat).

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Grey Williamson, creator, visual artist, sculptor, writer

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
Barbies and Transformers

4. What's your most prized collectible?
Renegade Obama bust by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III

5. What was the last film you watched?
Turner & Hooch

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
Unbox and display

7. What was the last book you read?
Sectors by Harule Stokes

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be kind, bring peace and protect the vulnerable.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
The idea for my submission was inspired by working through the shame of having forgotten how to speak/read my mother's language. My siblings and I were semi-bilingual as kids but when we began school, our mother wanted us to focus solely on English, a decision she now regrets. The Multilingual Alphabet “What's on your fridge?” is a bite-sized and ordinary way any busy adult or child can start to learn a new language or six. The accompanying poster features alphabets from six languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean & Spanish.

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