Floating in the air, like the orchid’s roots, we entangle ourselves in complex networks of growth composed of both past and present. Drawing in strength from mist and air. Culturing ourselves out of our environment.
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We found inspiration from the orchid’s roots in our studio garden. As we tender to our garden, the orchid plant is uprooted and displaced onto broken ceramics, where over time, its roots begin to grow and entangle itself around the object, making a new place, a new belonging.
For our families who were uprooted as refugees, and by circumstance became part of the Vietnamese diaspora around the world, they too found themselves uprooted, and rooted again in new places, with a new sense of home, belonging and interconnectedness.
Our orchid root print is of roots that will entangle upon one’s body. We will continue to nurture, water, and tend to our roots, as we ever so growing and evolving.
Orchid Roots Collection
Nguyễn Hiếu Ngọc
Lại Xuân Khuyên