Nostalgia, 2016
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Paper sculpture: paper pulp, ink, synthetic polymer paint, thread and adhesive, 24.5 x 21.5 cm
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Paper sculpture: paper pulp, ink, synthetic polymer paint, thread and adhesive, 20.2  x 16 cm
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Paper sculpture: paper pulp, ink, synthetic polymer paint, thread and adhesive, 25 x 22.5 cm
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Paper sculpture: paper pulp, ink, synthetic polymer paint, thread and adhesive,18 x 13.5 cm
 

Burning effigies, paper money and consumer goods are rituals practiced annually during Hungry Ghost Festival. I often wonder how these items transcend to other realms. The act itself as a form of reverence practiced by people of all faiths. But what about the metaphysical aspect- do they work like sending and receiving emails? 

In my youth, I had attempted to communicate with deceased loved ones through correspondence. Writing long letters, lighting them up and watching the plumes of smoke drift upwards to Heaven. 

Nowadays, I practice a paper pulping ritual and not a burning one. I find this more cathartic. Nostalgia is made from salvaged letters that I had initially 'destroyed'. Preserving secrets within new forms.