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An overgrown tree scaling up a concrete wall, unhindered by obstacles to continue growing — this inspired me to create forms that represent the growth manifested from a period in my life where I am constantly moving forward and finding my ground.


‘the root of affection’ series explores a form of endearment through the love language of physical touch. Through this expression, I was able to bring to life the roots of my affections that came from the warm embraces of love and support from my loved ones.


With this in mind, my affection presents itself in this series in the form of ‘hugs’ — huggable cushions wrapped in soft fabrics. It is a reminder for me to appreciate those who are still with me, as I can only wish to embrace my dearly departed loved ones one last time.

the root of affection

“I really wanted to make pieces that you can hold, and that you can hug. I think because I really miss a lot of people in my life, and I wish I could just hug them or hold them. I feel like how I tell someone I love them is by touch.”

“The tree lets nothing stand in its way; it may be itself or a literal wall, but it always finds a way to thrive and grow. [...] The roots of these trees really speak to me and it has given me comfort and calmness, and that is why I want to incorporate them into my practice.”

Experimental sculptures created using handmade clay made from red earth and ceramic stoneware clay.

“With the process of making I think I have come to understand why the roots really stood out and inspired me to create the sculptures. I believe they are self portraits. My early practice in oil paintings and ink drawings, I had always used roots as a symbol of family and stability; it was very prominent throughout my early practice.”

“Touch is a major love language with me and I’ve grown up in a family that hugs, it is my way of expressing love, be it if these works represent itself as a passed loved one, or a self reflection in the journey of growing up with grief.”

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