SWEET BITTER MELON
An homage to Le’s Vietnamese heritage, Sweet Bitter Melon
explores and accentuates her cultural history through mixed-
medium formats. An expansion of Le’s jewellery work, wax
casting, textile, footage and metal work construct a nostalgic
narrative of traditional Vietnamese values, within a contemporary
arrangement. Le affectionately explores the intersection of
cuisine and superstition, of sensory memories to cultural roots, of
love and deference to family and custom. Antique Vietnamese
napkins sourced from Ho Chi Minh, adorned with digital media
captured in the city in 2019 unify culture across time. The
engagement of wax carved and casted cutlery, sourced vintage
zodiac sculptures and fresh Vietnamese produce reflect the
enduring influence of culture in Le’s life, and connection to her
Sweet Bitter Melon is Le’s first installation, augmenting her
existing metal work and cultivating new modalities to integrate
and advance Mass within multi-media projects and collections.
Words by Rebecca Martindale.
Screen Printing by Anti Future.
Flowers by Hattie Mollie.
Production & textiles installation assisted by Georgia Gaillard.
M A T E R I A L S
SOLID BRONZE RABBIT KNIFE
DARK BLUE SAPPHIRES EYES
SOLID BRONZE SNAKE FORK
RED ALMADINE EYES
SOLID BRONZE RAT SPOON
WHITE SAPPHIRE EYES
SOLID BRONZE SNAIL SPOON
SOLID BRONZE SNAIL FORK
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Installation February 24th - 2020 Melbourne. Victoria.