"Cultural dignity is at the heart of my artistic practice. It is a quality that was suppressed during my upbringing and a characteristic which I aim to both restore and retain through my work. Many generations of cultural repression has inherently affected my family’s sense of identity and belonging, as well as my own. In the time of the Vietnam War, the Chinese who were living in Indonesia were subject to extreme modes of cultural prejudice. Unfortunately, my father was one of those in the succeeding generations whose lives were tainted by the latent repercussions of this austere period in history.
This work is meant to be a personalised and physical representation of the life and character of my father. Each peanut was savoured by him, and each shell opened with precision to be salvaged for this work. The triangular configuration of the inverted shells are intended to illustrate a binary for the notions of strength and fragility. Metaphorically the process was a symbolic act of piecing together my father’s story for him, that also eventually became a test of my strength and fragility. He insists that the work illustrates my dedication as an artist, though I feel that it proves his dedication as a father."