“Rites of Seasons” series
2021



The “Rites of seasons" series delves into the artist's contemplation and research of pre-modern rituals and the seasonal ceremonies she experienced during her childhood. In this series, the artist perceives the body as a porous entity with ever-changing boundaries. She blurs the distinctions between humans and other living beings, inverting the internal and external aspects of the body to create sculptures that are both tense and subtly suggestive of desire.

Through the interpretation of myths and the imagination of materials, the artist seeks to portray the chaotic qualities that humans reveal during the liminal stages of rituals(These stages refer to the transitional time and space when individuals or groups undergo a shift from one social identity to another)





The Garden of Adonis

limewood, silicone, poly clay, white crystal, agate, myrrh, anemone
95 x 55 x 144 cm, 2021









“The garden of Adonis" draws inspiration from the ancient Greek ritual of Adonia, which commemorates the plant and seasons deity Adonis.

Every early summer, marginalized women in the city-state of Athens (prostitutes, widows, lesbians, etc.) spontaneously organize this ritual. They carry the "Garden of Adonis" (a pot filled with withered lettuce or wheat) and the "Little Adonis" (a phallic symbol), gathering on rooftops. Under the cover of night, they burn myrrh (the embodiment of Adonis's mother) and indulge in drinking and revelry throughout the night. Amidst indulgence, laughter, and curses, they commemorate the tragic fate of Adonis.

The myths associated with Adonis are always contradictory and captivating: they are tragic yet pure, dying yet reborn, indulgent yet remorseful. Through the ritual and mythology, the women of the Adonia festival release the injustice of fate, briefly escaping societal prejudices. "Fragile yet resilient, happy yet sorrowful, passionate yet futile, destined to fade away yet destined to be immortal."


Mark