媽媽的藥櫃 / MOTHER’S CUPBOARD

ALL JARS
mothers cupboard
1 – Mother’s Cupboard – Aylmer
2 – Mother’s Cupboard – Miracle Whip
3 – Mother’s Cupboard – Nalley front
4 – Mother’s Cupboard – Nalley side
5 – Mother’s Cupboard – Gibson’s Finest
6 – Mother’s Cupboard – Red Lid Jars
7 – Mother’s Cupboard – Three Miracle Whip Jars
8 Mother’s Cupboard – Three Nabob Jars
9 – Mother’s Cupboard – Two Classico Jars
10 – Mother’s Cupboard – Six Taster’s Choice Jars

Vinyl Prints

Mother’s Cupboard – Miracle Whip Jar
Paul Wong, 2019
58” x 74”
digital print on vinyl

Mother’s Cupboard – Aylmer Jar
Paul Wong, 2019
58” x 74”
digital print on vinyl

Mother’s Cupboard – Nalley Jar side
Paul Wong, 2019
58” x 74”
digital print on vinyl

Mother’s Cupboard – Red Lid Jars
Paul Wong, 2019
58” x 74”
digital print on vinyl

Video

Mother’s Cupboard
Paul Wong, 2019
10 minutes 23 seconds, colour, sound, in Toisan with English and Chinese subtitles
video

Artifacts

Mother’s Cupboard
Paul Wong, 2019
Suk-Fong’s jars displayed in vitrine
87” x 18” x 35”

Mother’s Cupboard was presented in three variations as part of the exhibition 淑芳你好嘛 (Suk-Fong Nay Ho Mah) / Suk-Fong, How Are You?. The exhibition was the final instalment of Paul Wong’s year-long 身在唐人街 / OCCUPYING CHINATOWN residency and took place in the Garden’s Hall of One Hundred Rivers. Upon entering the exhibition space, visitors immediately noticed four larger-than-life prints of Mother’s Cupboard. These prints featured Suk-Fong’s treasured jars of elixirs and ingredients.

Exhibited in a vitrine were four dozen jars from Suk-Fong’s cupboards. Viewers were able to appreciate Suk-Fong’s meticulous organization, labelling, and categorization of her herbs and elixirs contained in recycled western -brand jars, ie. Nabob Coffee, Classico, Miracle Whip, and Taster’s Choice jars.

The exhibition also included the Mother’s Cupboard video. Recorded in 2012 in her kitchen, Suk-Fong takes her son through her collection of Chinese medicines, herbs, and ingredients. She speaks in her first language, Toisanese, and describes what her homemade compounds are used for. This includes “loik doy dew,” a deer-antler, alcohol-based elixir that she adds to soups. Most of her ingredients can be readily found in Chinese herbal stores.

This work was part of Occupying Chinatown, Paul Wong’s year long residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden. To see the rest of the works curated for this visit:

occupyingchinatown.com