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HONORABLE MENTION | $100 Entry for the 9th Annual Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, March 02, 2023, Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Andre Lee Bassuet.
artists' books; Baker & Whitehill; Honorable Mention
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Materials + Techniques
screen print on tissue paper, and Stonehenge paper
Western legends believe tears are a byproduct of the material that becomes water when the heart is damaged. In Oriental Myth, the different tears people shed throughout their lives are the ingredients of Mengpo soup. Mengpo soup was a soup to the death served by the 'Old Lady Meng', the goddess of forgetfulness. This soup wipes the person's memory so they can reincarnate into the next life without the burdens of the previous life. This bowl of soup, or a collection of tears, is a gathering of obsessions and the most important memories of a person's life. I print my thoughts about tears and the human life on the tissue to give a sense of soft, fragile, and pliability to everyone's memories of crying. When we cry and wipe our tears with tissues, our memories of tears will transfer on tissue paper, then dry out and become invisible energy, an imprint of our existence in the world.
Yang, Jingjing; Collections, Special; and Library, Fleet, "The Sea of Tears" (2022). 9th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest 2023. 55.