The Paper Bowls are hand pressed and made from the mulberry fiber and painted with acrylic and gold foil.
The mulberry plant from Taiwan was introduced into the Pacific over 5000 years ago as a fiber source to make barkcloth textiles that were, and still are, important cultural artifacts throughout the Pacific. As painted in "AT The Table," these bowls are meant to symbolize an offering. My goal is to prompt the viewer to reflect on what they offer toward the growth of their surroundings.
The Concrete and Clay bowls are hand painted with acrylic and gold foil.
The duality of these materials speak to the past and present in how historically, we have used them as a strong base to build our communities. The foundation of our relationships within these communities should act in the same way. Inside these spaces we have developed customs, traditions and rituals with those we cherish - allowing the foundation of the home to carry the foundation of our relationships.
The cracks in these pieces are formed from breaking and reassembling the piece to create the nature of Wabi-Sabi: appreciating beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete in nature. Wabi-Sabi can be in its fullest expression, a way of life and truly reflect the hardships we endure together; building memories and more importantly character.