Clean and Bleed, 2012

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.