A Moment of Your Time

Episode 265 - “My Patchwork Self”

by Karen Ann Wong-Dorall

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Karen is an actor and teacher currently based in Switzerland. Born and raised in multi-cultural Singapore, she emigrated to Europe in 2005. She has taught in international schools in Austria and Switzerland but it is performing that gives her greatest fulfilment. Karen trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts in London, where she discovered her passion for physical, feminist theatre practices and film acting. She is represented by Lee Morgan Management (London).

 

Find more of Karen:

Instagram: @karenann_wongdorall

Twitter: @KWongDorall

Website: https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/3018-5646-7283

 

A Statement from Karen

“I come from a very mixed background and as a Eurasian girl growing up in Singapore, I guess I’ve never truly felt “complete” in my identity. My life in many ways has been a journey of curiosity about the world, the search for “my people” and places where I could fit in, but above all, it has been about self-discovery and self-acceptance.

During the lockdown period Switzerland, I began writing personal pieces. This piece, entitled “My Patchwork Self” is an exploration of my “mixedness”: my struggle with displacement, homesickness and the desperate insecurity I experience as I try to assert my own true, authentic self. I have used Batik, a uniquely-intricate and eclectically-patterned fabric of Southeast Asia as a metaphor for the complex beauty and “home” I yearn for and the vulnerability that goes along with feeling like an outsider.”

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Created during a time of quarantine in the global Coronavirus pandemic, A Moment Of Your Time’s mission is to provide a space for expression, collaboration, community and solidarity. In this time of isolation, we may have to be apart but let’s create together. 

Concept by Jenny Curtis

Theme music by Chris Porter

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