Virtue and Reward

2017, 384 Broadway, NYC
Materials: photograph, rocks, grosgrain ribbon

“When Heaven lays a grand mission to a man, it will first distress him mentally and exhaust him physically. It will cause him to suffer from hunger and poverty, and subvert every bit of his effort. With which, it is to stimulate his ambition, forge his endurance, and remedy his defects to enhance the ability” --- Mencius
These words by Mencius are mandatary to memorize in school. It deeply influences how people cope with difficulty in life. Only if one bears the great weight on the shoulder will one succeed.
My parents are rather open-minded. Yet, it is challenging to remove myself from the culture and history I came from.