God of Wealth and Fortune

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 hopes that my siblings and I would not have to go through the similar struggles they had faced in their country. It is common for Asian families to display a statue of this god and worship him within their homes. As the god of wealth, it is believed within Asian culture that by worshipping he would embrace you with his wealth and fortune. The god stands there surrounded by his gold and wealth and his lavish and decorative traditional clothing shows us how mighty and powerful he is. The lucky bamboo is perfectly placed alongside the deity. His smile is a reminder that money could give us happiness and fortune that we all had longed for. However, money would not make up for the time lost that my parents could have spent with us. The money would not heal the distances created between my parents and I. Neither would it solve the struggles my parents had already endure in order for us to at least be financially comfortable. It is my siblings and my duties to show our gratitude by becoming the source of wealth for our parents. The statue will be a reminder for us to become the provider for my parents, who have yet to be blessed by the god of wealth.

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 prior to the arrival of a more conservative brand of Islam practised the paying of respects to...

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 try to find our own path while balancing the different types of responsibilities that weigh on our...

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 tháp, wat và chùa ở các vùng và ngôn ngữ khác nhau. Đền thờ trong Phật giáo đại diện cho vùng đất...

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 Trung Quốc là về sự tham gia của sự vô tội của các chàng trai và sự công nhận rằng bình hoa là một tàu...

Shrine of the Four Eyes

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.

Shrine of the Red Hot Sister

Red sandcastles and children   Close up (Dave's Story) This is the shrine dedicated to Dave's red hot sisters who have enabled him to be the 'Prince of Princes". This sister's wisdom, humility and beauty have guided and empowered him to take on the world. Though his heart is gentle he has learned to push forward in the world with smiles and charm. (Câu chuyện của Dave) Đây là ngôi đền dành riêng cho các chị em nóng bỏng của Dave, người đã giúp anh trở thành "Hoàng tử của Hoàng...

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 hopes that my siblings and I would not have to go through the similar struggles they had faced in...

City Boy

The city is crowded with not only people but also noises and distractions that fills the air. However, those who grow up in those type of environment can appreciate the chaotic noises as if it is music to their ears. Within the various pictures that hang around the boy, may seem like a disorganized mess, but are an actual subtle representation that is associated with the concept of the urban lifestyle. The picture of the building reminds you of the skyscrapers that consume 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 vui. Một con tàu là mẹ. Đó là nơi chúng ta được nuôi dưỡng và bổ sung. Chúng tôi thường được thưởng...

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 vase and mother nature.

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 camera and the child stores information and data in their frail little memories, waiting to combust...

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 because they do not think about the future generation. It is a normal tendency for humans to think...

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, and earning money. Children would not have to care for these things because they have their parents...

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 sinister and dangerous. Whereas this somber statue shows no sign of a menacing atmosphere. The...