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Imprint III

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12cm x 48cm x 5cm

A sculpture work that is based on the forms of four different types of traditional mooncake moulds used during the Mid-Autumn Festival. As one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it was a time to enjoy the successful harvest of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honour of the moon. This idea is implanted in people's ideology. Today, it is an occasion for family reunions to eat mooncakes and appreciate the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.

The custom of eating mooncakes at the Mid-Autumn Festival began in the Ming Dynasty. Mooncakes were reputedly used as messages smuggled by the Ming revolutionaries in their effort to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China at the end of the Yuan dynasty. The mooncakes contained a secret message: on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, kill the rulers. Inspired by the Ming overthrow of the Mongols, some Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have used mooncakes as a part of their protests during the 2019 Hong Kong extradition protests.

The process of the work utilises the opposite order to the original mooncake making process, that is, using the mooncake (3D Print) as a negative mould to form the shape and imprint the pattern on the mooncake mould. Using a traditional method of making pulp, this work uses Chinese newspapers as materials. Utilising traditional techniques to construct the work and redefine the political value printed matter as a hidden message into the mooncake mould, and at the end digested by the people. The project aims to questions how cultural forms influence and affect the population, as well as the normalisation of collectivism, whether culture is a tool of advocate people to follow a certain ideology.

Country of Origin: England

Medium: Papier-mâché