Artist statement: Australia is formed by diverse cultures that have transformed, evolved and adapted to our current modern melting-pot society. Underlying our social structures are rituals practiced through our daily life, and a universal routine is our mealtime experience.
Reflecting over my personal encounters, as I grew older and more independent, dinnertime has morphed from a daily family-bonding occasion to a practical self-feeding exercise. While attending friends’ dinner parties, I was opened to glimpses of other family lifestyles and cultures. In this image, I observed how the Chiang family, with a Taiwanese heritage, has shaped their dinner experience within Australia. The work wishes to share and reveal our mundane practices that form us, and our Australian society.