XIAYI


嘉 苡

AN OFFERING TO (2020)




An Offering To explores the tradition and custom in Chinese religion, specifically, the act of worshipping ancestors. A play on the celebratory aspect of worshipping through the symbolic usage of offerings in the form of food, prayer objects, flowers or items honoured by the deceased presented on the altar table or shrine.

The objects in this series is an extraction of what was seen or used by my grandmother during prayers. For example, inside of ‘ The Altar Table ‘ photograph, the urn in gun metal is a round vase with two mythical dragons jutting out on the front and back side. The urn is filed with joss powder to the brim enough for any individual to place the burnt joss stick, serves as a communication medium to the ancestors.