For Capsule Corner’s Lunar New Year Art show
Gallery Nous Tous, Los Angeles
02.09.2019 - 02.14.2019
3 paper cut designs on traditional red Chinese new year envelopes. The red envelope, a vehicle for money exchanged during the new year, is now an empty vessel. The delicate paper carvings, cast a thin shadow of 3 original goddesses. The artist dwells on luck and good tidings represented as intangible metaphysical currencies. Emphasis placed on the the action of well wishing.
Abundance - the goddess of plenty
The Chinese word for fish [yu] shares the same phonetic intonation as a surplus of goods [duo yu]. The koi fish must face upwards, to be a traditional symbol of plenty. The middle of the steamed fish, eaten during new year's eve, while the head and tail saved for the day after. This symbolizes completion and wholeness for the year ahead.
Fortuna - the goddess of fortune,
The fortune cookie, a new symbol of luck combined with a traditional coiling dragon. The American confectionary is now a favorite of the artists'. The fortunes contained inside adding a touch of anticipation. Whether they're true or not overlooked by the joy of allowing oneself to the treat of surprise.
Prosperity - the goddess of wealth,
The orange [ju] is a homonym for luck and success. It's bright color, like gold makes it an iconic Chinese New Year food tied to wealth. The goddess here wears a flower shaped hat made from peeling the fruit without breaking the rind. The artist recalls the rinds being present during the festivities. Left out overnight, the rinds shrivel and dry into hard fragrant remnants.