Big waves can't wash away stone mortar and pestle
Artwork concept, performance and video: Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos]
Studio assistant and photographer: Julia Lin Kingham, 2019
- second-hand ceramic mortar and pestle, sand
"Big waves can't wash away stone mortar and pestle" is a Taiwanese idiom meaning, the mortar and pestle were carved from a solid stone in the ancient time, therefore, they could hardly get washed away by big waves. This serves as a metaphor to people who have strong will (as strong as solid stone) can survive and withstand severe situations or difficulties. The choice of picking the ceramic-made mortar and pestle in this video work is to respond to the contemporary version of it, which is rather fragile and easy to break. The bowl eventually broke by the force of the waves at Anping beach, Tainan, Taiwan.
Photos by Da Pu and Julia Lin Kingham