Gratitude Is A Colored Vessel
‘Gratitude Is A Colored Vessel’ is a direct translation of the artist’s maternal grandmother’s married name in Chinese (謝彩盆).
This body of work is an ode to matrilineal kinship.
The tricolor, or sancai (三彩), glazes are indicative of the dynastic period of Tang in China. Uncovered from burial sites, sancai objects share a luscious, lead-based surface in ambers, whites, greens, and other ochre and purple variations. Once tabooed artifacts associated with death and the underworld, they are now items imbued with ethnic pride that refract the triumphs of a bygone empire.