In the work Stupa, I engage with the materiality of joss paper, a paper traditionally burnt as an offering to ancestors. Often used during cultural ceremonies to remember the dead, the material is explored throughout this installation. The artwork speaks to the storage of human remains of the victims of the Khmer Rouge in stupas around Cambodia. This confiscation of human remains is done by the Cambodian government against the beliefs of the predominantly Buddhist population.
Traditionally, the bones are cremated, similar to the fate of the joss paper. The installation is created as a formal space to commemorate the loss of life during the Khmer Rouge period, and the bones that were never allowed to pass on to the afterlife.
Image courtesy Peacock Gallery. Photo by Ellen Dahl.
Speak Softly, Tread Heavily, Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Centre, curated by Talia Smith
Pro/Positions, UNSW, curated by Julie Louise Bacon
A Space for Remembrance, 541 Art Space, Solo exhibition