There are many times when memories are not simply stored in the mind, but resides on some specific objects like invisible animals. They whisper intensely in the heavy shells, waiting to burst forth in that triggering moment.
I've been exploring narrative mechanics to involve my audiences into the structures and lead them to unravel stories by themselves, making people get a sense of living in the scenarios and result in meaningful interactions throughout the experiences.
My recent installation project, Where Lies The Big Belly Baby, seeks to highlight how socio-cultural contexts shape a girl's perception of her mother. The primary goal of this project is to spark a conversation about the issues surrounding the celebration of a mother’s selflessness.
In Taiwan, On the eve of Mother's Day, each city holds a "Role Model Mother Selection", which has a history of nearly 70 years and selects about 1,400 model mothers annually. However, the celebration often perpetuate stereotypes and portray women as self-sacrificing homemakers who prioritize child-rearing and household duties. Meanwhile, children are being told to repay their parents’ lifetime of sacrifices with obedience and care. These values have become social norms and deeply ingrained in families.
Through the lens of a little girl, this installation presents three small stories that offer a glimpse into how a beloved daughter views her mother and the complex mix of gratitude and fear that exists within the female bloodline. Participants can interact with the installation, which encourages reflection on the themes presented.
It is crucial to recognize that promoting the sacrificing maternal figure as a virtue can be harmful, and we must take steps to counteract this message. Where Lies The Big Belly Baby hopes to raise awareness and encourage a re-examination of our societal expectations around motherhood.