Art and qualitative research come together in this depiction of a lifelong identity journey for Korean adoptees. Beyond the boundaries of prescribed methods, data collection, and formulaic approaches, this collage represents the abstract complexities of research and what lies beyond charts and tables. How does one capture the essence of an individual’s personal history; their pain, their future? While my research focuses primarily on material items belonging to Korean adoptees and their meanings, I recognize that there is more behind their stories. Each adoptee may experience the effects of their adoption and/or connection to their heritage culture differently, and there is no “one size fits all” approach to identity journeys. Often rooted in deeply ingrained emotions, personal identity is a central concern particularly for adoptees scarred by their unknown past. With limited knowledge of their birth or little to no exposure to their native culture, adoptees may feel at odds with their identity throughout their lives; however, these struggles can equally inspire them to seek new opportunities for growth and self exploration.