Tong Zhou Lafrance, The (W)hole of Happiness, 2020
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Artist: Tong Zhou Lafrance
Title: The (W)hole of Happiness
Medium: drawing wooden pencil on paper
Dimensions: 43.1 x 35.5 cm (17 H x 14 W in.)
The symbolism of double-happiness-phoenix paper-cut remains partially unknown. With the help of the internet, I found out this form of paper-cut is often used in the context of weddings: the double Chinese symbol 喜 (xi) is associated with prosperity, happiness and wholesomeness; as for the phoenix, it is associated with femininity and gracefulness. Based on those two elements, I question how a marriage is possible between two cultures, where one can only be defined by a (w)hole.