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"Lily, Lotus and Caterpillars: Maymee Ying Lum"
2003-03-14 until 2003-04-11
Lily, Lotus and Caterpillars reflects the themes of memory and personal identity played out in Maymee Ying Lum's own life as an Asian female living in contemporary western society. Entering the gallery, viewers have the option of removing their footwear and walking barefoot across an assortment of surfaces including an oversized cocoa mat, a path of knotted chiffon fabric, a Chinese satin blanket and a plastic tarp.
Arranged on these are various types of footwear referencing traditional lotus shoes (historically used for keeping young girls' feet from growing for cosmetic reasons). Her profound ambivalence to bound shoes, paradoxically beautiful instruments of torture, speaks to current cultural and societal realities where temporal and spatial borders shift, overlap, and co-exist.