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An old Chinese saying states: "One whiteness can cover three kinds of ugliness."

The pale-skin beauty ideal is deeply embedded within East Asian culture. This saying emphasizes that having fair skin can "cover up" one’s faults, and that if a woman has a pale complexion, she will be considered beautiful and desirable.

In these pieces, I place porcelain mirrors, gloves, and powder puffs in an old drawer, trunk liner, and jewelry box. These everyday domestic items can be hidden, tucked away and the perfect fairytale beauty can be kept a secret.

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Jingdezhen Chinese porcelain, blue and white transfer pattern, collected hair
10” x 8” x 6”
2012
"One whiteness can cover three kinds of ugliness."
slip cast and hand built porcelain, steel wool, found trunk liner
20” x 18” x 6”
2014
Mirror, mirror
slip cast and hand built frost and cameroon doll casting slip, found box
9" x 5" x 7"
2014
Clean and Bleed
slip cast and hand built porcelain, wooden drawer, blood
2015
Clean and Bleed
slip cast and hand built porcelain, found wooden drawer, blood
13” x 10” x 5”
2014