Faith will always let you down
installation, rice grain, 24k gold leaf
Rice, a staple of many Asian diets, is often over looked as a bland tasteless fundamental addition to an everyday meal. In the habitual act of eating millions of tiny white grains, what goes unnoticed is the imperfection of each grain due to its processing. The processing of rice is refinement itself, each grain having a chipped off corner in order to rid the peeled chaff from the stem that connects it to the soil. This “rootlessness” is a strong metaphor for the stripping away of the relevancy of any cultural territory. Nevertheless, the whole procedure of the rice processing method is a strong implication to the cultural shifting process, an unavoidable connection due to my personal transcultural experience from Beijing to Vancouver.
Through the process of discovery I uncovered the naive illusion of a fully constructed whole in the metaphor of “a single grain of rice.” As a response, I mended the missing corner of a single rice grain with 24k gold leaf. The grain is idealized through refinement returning it to the perfect whole that it once was. This act is barely detectable, yet once you have discovered its flaw you will always recognize its lack. The rice grain will never be perfect although it has been remade into its idealized form.
Exhibition View at Dynamo Art Association, Vancouver