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Item[ Mooncake Party ](2021-05) Tsang, Sami; Kelleher, Matt; Gill, John; Smythe, Meghan; Contino, William; Willard, Adero; Hopp, Johnathan; McConnell, Walter; Sikora, LindaI was born in Canada, and grew up in Hong Kong. As the youngest female child of a conservative Chinese family, my voice was not welcomed. The ability to speak faded away. At age12, I moved back to Canada, where a series of traumatic issues were created by the constant flux amidst two cultures - Chinese and Western. At age 20, I began to resist my traditional role. I started using openness and humour in my ceramics to overcome feelings of guilt when speaking about family shame. Every day, I process my progress. I gather stories of domestic encounters and private narratives. Simultaneously, I find relationships between these stories and the materials I use in my practice, such as resin, rice paper and ball point pen. I ask: Is clay actually the old grump? Does making a humorous sculpture help me to strip down guilt? Can using ball point pen bring back innocence? My ultimate goal is to face head-on the heavy hearted matter. When the heart allows, I convert these stories through the work of cartoonistic gesture into bearable, yet straightforward imagery to reveal the raw emotional experiences we share. Overtime, I hope the sweet anticipation for mooncake parties will become fruitful.