Incense(d), 2017

Incense(d) explores the relationship between religious rituals and cultural customs. Inspired by my Taiwanese background, this work references the domestic and temple spaces to create an installation about the ritual of
burning incense sticks and the cultural taboo of misplacing one’s chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice.

thin Unryushi rice paper, lightbox, incense ash on plastic dish and pigment prints on thin Unryushi rice paper. 

An audio piece is played on loop, and comprises of my grandparents talking about the custom in Mandarin and Hokkien. There are interjecting voices that come in randomly too, scolding and telling-off in the two languages and Cantonese:

video coming soon
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