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LUCKY GARDEN

This body of work highlights Ouizi's lifelong exploration into the neologism “Chinese Americana.” Drawing inspiration from all aspects of Asian American culture, she hosted viewers in a fully immersive experience where they could see, smell, and taste. The experience took place within a decorated gallery space, full of "Chinese" ornaments and tchotchke's arranged in an appealing way against red backdrops.

The title Lucky Garden is a nod to a name that has been used by countless Chinese restaurants around the United States. Chinese restaurants in the U.S. are a fascinating but incongruous slice of the Chinese American experience, more American than Chinese. The artist hoped that showing fine art within this context would make the concept more palatable for the masses.

THE SHOW

Upon entering the gallery, visitors were given a menu for "Lucky Garden", which contained all the information for consumption of the artwork. Then, baskets of custom fortune cookies were passed out, as well as take away boxes stamped with the Lucky Garden logo that contained wild flower seed paper folded into an origami flower (The guests were told to go home and plant them). Alongside her usual floral and pattern based paintings and drawings, the show featured silk scroll paintings, paintings paired with decorative tassels, all twelve Chinese zodiac animals rendered in botanicals, a shrine adorned with hand-strung dandelion wreaths, and other items commonly associated with oriental Kitsch. 

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THE WORK

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THE PROCESS

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