Me · Dumplings · Night
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
It was late at night, the girl rummaged through the fridge and took out a bag of frozen dumplings to prepare her meal. The packaging reads “hand-made”, “mum’s flavour”, “happiness” – all words that promise the warmth of a home.
Traditionally, Jiaozi (dumplings) signify reunion, and are prepared and eaten during special occasions such as New Year’s Eve where members of families gather together. This year, due to the COVID-19 situation, many people like me are unable to return home to eat with our families. While the frozen dumplings are far from what they have promised, they sure evoke homesickness for someone away from home.
Social isolation may seem lonely, but on a greater whole, it builds social solidarity. By staying home, we can play a part to fight against the pandemic. By staying safe, we can save our loved ones and soon we can reunite with our families again.
Where are my grave goods?
25 x 30 x 15 cm
Responding to the theme of ‘Underground’, I imagine how it would be like when a dead mouse, which is supposed to be six feet under, actually rises. Located at a graveyard filled with tombstones of mice, the main character - a skeleton mouse appears to be finding his grave goods.