Gilded Memories Series, Casted glass, gilded wooden frames, 2019

 

Raised in Western society, yet grounded by my Chinese heritage, my identity as a  female is naturally full of dichotomies. These contradictions highlight the complex way in which our patriarchal society  has subtly affected the female’s position within its structure and how it maintains its control through cultural/social expectations and normalized gender roles. 

Normalizing gender identity, on a diminutive level seems to lie within the family unit, thus the Gilded Memories Series aims to address the visual cues, specifically in toys given to children, which function as a part of a wider system to maintain power within an androcentric social structure. The trinkets within these memories mark the first exposure of a young female to the world’s perception and expectations of their role within society.   

 
 
 

Photo Credit: Katarina Kaneff