Within my own orphanage all of the babies wore matching outfits, the cribs were light blue and had similar upholstery. Each baby in the orphanage was subjected to a similar fate of adoption or rejection. Lucky (福) speaks to the Chinese gender preference for boys, and is inspired in form by my secondary major in Sustainable Food and Farming. As a sophomore I began studying bamboo as a regenerative resource and a building material in my Stockbridge courses. I spent a whole semester planning to build with bamboo, but ultimately I never got a chance.
I have painted the crib baby blue in color and filled it with living bamboo, a lucky plant in Chinese culture. Sons and bamboo hold similar connotations of luck and importance within Chinese history. Similarly to a son, with time this piece will grow and thrive if it is given the nutrients and support it needs. This piece was inspired by Mona Hatoum’s sculpture Silence, a crib made of glass that “is part of a series of furniture pieces the artist made which are more hostile than comforting.”
Hatoum, Mona. “Mona Hatoum. Silence. 1994 | MoMA.” The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, 2018, www.moma.org/collection/works/80993.r