I was first introduced to Chinese Joss Paper through artist, Flo Oy Wong, who taught a Joss Paper Workshop through APICC. This intimate and colorful paper is also called ghost or spirit money, made of bamboo or rice paper and is traditionally burned at ceremonies or Chinese funerals.
I fell in love with the ornate intricacies of the papers, particularly the metallics of silver, copper and gold. As I intuitively work and develop the series of altars, the Joss Paper finds its way into each piece. The Altar Series is a way of saying “goodbye” to old memories and experiences. They help me to process closure on things I have had difficulty in releasing. Working with these pieces help me in healing and transitioning into a place of acceptance.