Shrine of the Four Eyes

Shrine of the Four Eyes: Close-up

This shrine honors not only the all knowing concept of the “third eye”, but also the concept of eyes on the back of my head. Surveillance cameras gives us knowledge. It centers us in place surrounded by the knowledge of inside and outside of our world. The glass swirls remind us that our sense of identity is circular. We swirl in the ego trying to center ourselves. We exist with both an internal identity and an external Identity.

Progress Awaits: The LGBTQ community

The LGBTQ community has been struggling to make steady progress throughout the years with the growing acceptance within the American society. However, for the progress of the acceptance of the LGBTQ, there need to be changes. These changes lie within our perspectives and approach for the normalcy of the community. In order to create changes, we must think and follow different paths or roads that...

Chinese Warrior

According to local legends, all Datuks were once humans who had a standing in society either for their position or special attributes. They could have been an important leader, a renowned healer, a silat warrior, a pious man or even a shaman. Upon their death, locals and their followers would sometimes offer prayers at their gravestones, in line with the concept of keramat. Local Malay culture...

Life is like a Bike

The white faded bike is a representation of life Albert Einstein had said “Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. It is important to stroll through the various experiences you will or had in life and to not dwell on the past. If you were to put the brakes on your bike, it would be impossible to keep your momentum. As we continue to move forward, we...

Shrine of the Blonde, the Cock, and the Electric Service

Our sense of power comes from being served.  We fantasize of service  from the female, the blonde maid with bountiful fruit at all levels of her presence, and the male cock, with his warrior like speech and sexuality. We are constantly measuring our power. Yet outside of the internal struggle for power and dominance sits the fawns waiting to be nurtured from the emerald glow of the...

Fanning Away the Outside Noises

The statue that reflects the relationships between a husband and his wife What may seem like a lover's quarrel is instead a tender moment between a husband and his beloved wife. Although they face away from each other with piercing gazes, their vision eventually meet and so does the future that they see in the distance. The saying “words coming in one ear and out the other” is not...

The Bride in the Red Dress

The bride is in an extravagant traditional Chinese wedding dress for women. In western and modern culture, white has been the traditional color for the brides to wear. However, red symbolizes good luck in Asian culture, which is why the brides would wear the bright color. Marriage is an important aspect of growing up, and it is also commonly expected of a couple before they...

Shrine of the Five Eyes

The Shrine of the Five eyes contains the eyes of the eagle, the butterfly, and the never blinking mono eye. The eagle sees the world from soaring above it and zooming down to examine the smallest of prey. The butterfly flutters through the world at close range. She is a deliverer of love and fertility as she moves from flower to flower exchanging pollen as gifts. The unblinking mono...

Shrine of the Flower Boy and the Chinese Vase

      The Shrine of the Flower Boy and the Chinese Vase is about the joining of the innocence of boys and the recognition that the Flower vase is a vessel on love and seduction. The Boy is perched on the vase like a mother holding up her son as a gift to the gods. He is still young enough to play in her fertility and bath in her love. Đền thờ của Flower Boy và Vase...

Three Buddha Statues That Reflects Three Different Problems

The similarity between these three statues is that they are illustrating Buddha. These statues all have a different color and concept to their own interpretation on how to portray Buddha. The color chosen for these statue reminds me of my siblings and I. My brother reminds of the red one due to his easily triggered personality. One of his faults lies in trusting in his anger as a solution to his...

Meditation on a Back Porch

A Buddhist temple is the place of worship for Buddhists, the followers of Buddhism. They include the structures called vihara, stupa, wat and pagoda in different regions and languages. Temples in Buddhism represent the pure land or pure environment of a Buddha. Một ngôi chùa Phật giáo là nơi thờ phượng cho Phật tử, tín đồ Phật giáo. Chúng bao gồm các cấu trúc được gọi là vihara, bảo...

Curious frogs

The frogs are looking up at the boy with curiosity. Before the world was populated with humans, there were animals that roamed this planet. However, ever since the creation of humans, the planet is no longer in the flourishing and nurturing state like it was in before. It is important to care for the planet in order to co-exist with the animals and nature. People can be self-centered...

The Quiet Child: An Unspoken Voice of a Child

Childhood is a one of a kind experience that everybody goes through. A more innocent time where one is allowed to be naive and explore the world for their first time. The little girl tilts her head slightly, not only as a sign of confusion but also to see the world in a perspective that she has never seen before. Her eyes widen towards the camera. Because like the camera, both the...

Santa and the Two Vases

Santa arrives with his sack. This is a shrine about vessels and joy. A vessel is mother. It is place we go to be nurtured and replenished. We generally are rewarded with gifts and joy from both Santa's sack and mother's vessels. Ông già Noel và hai chiếc bình ông già Noel phía sau tấm quà của ông già Noel, ông già Noel đến với bao của ông. Đây là một ngôi đền về tàu thuyền và niềm...

The Faded Statue of a Woman: Inevitable Changes that Happens to Everyone

The statue of the older woman looks as if she blends in with the surrounding. As the years of her youth slowly goes by, she loses her vibrancy in her appearance and in her mind. The responsibility of becoming an adult had worn her out. The older a person becomes, the less amount of freedom they truly have. It is a result of being tied down to responsibilities such as work, family,...

God of Wealth

My parents came to America from Vietnam to search for their American Dream. Just like most immigrants who come to this country, they all strive to be financially successful. Both of my parents work day and nights, even if that means not being able to attend our graduations or important school events. Their love for us is what motivated them to continue to endure many obstacles, in...

Bottles of Emotions

Bottles and Haircuts Closeup Beauty inside the vessels The shrine of the kitties A barbershop is a common place where people are able to have conversations and an opportunity to build connections. Words spoken between a barber and their clients are not only to discuss the desired haircut, but also to talk about themselves. The time in which a person gets their haircut, a conversation is most...

A Statue that Differs from the Expectations of Light and Dark Colors

The dark face of deity’s contrast with the white surroundings. As a result, the statue draws in the attention to the details and intricate designs of the deity. The color black not only contrast with the white surroundings but also with the typical connotations that are associated with those colors. White is seen as the color of purity and holiness whereas, the color black is seen as...

Three Faces

There is a Japanese proverb that regards to a person’s identity. That saying goes like this, humans have three faces, which means that the first face is what you show to strangers that you come across. The second face is what you show to those you love such as your close family and friends. The third face is what you show only to yourself. This is the truest representation of you....