Lotus. Paper and Wax
In Chinese culture the Lotus symbolizes perfection, and ultimate purity of the heart and mind, because it rises untainted and beautiful from the mud. The lotus pond is like the community where we live: It records the human life cycle.
In my work, the paper lotus is inspired by the lotus pods without seeds. It brings forth a feeling of being left out. These empty lotus pods reference my experience with postnatal depression. The wax is wrapped around the rice paper like a field for defense; it seems hard but fragile. The multiple sizes and the organic shapes of the work represent the fluctuating moods of a new mom.
Other aspects of my work include the use of white porcelain to represent pregnancy, and the use of tinct rice paper to represent the muscle state around the cesarean incision. My sculpture uses traditional elements to explore very personal, yet universal, experiences of motherhood.