ArtworksFLORA & FAUNA III (2008)Pirate's Bounty

Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Pirate's Bounty
PIRATE'S BOUNTY
2008
Oil, Wooden Cabinet Drawers, Forks and Broken Wine Glasses
13.5cm x 13cm x 4cm

Chang Yoong Chia & Teoh Ming Wah
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Pirate's Bounty

Fork

Forks had been used in ancient China long before chopsticks, and bone forks had been found in the burial site of ijia culture, as well as later Chinese dynasties' tombs. It was not commonly used in Western Europe until the 10th century. Before the fork was introduced, Westerners were reliant on the spoon and knife as the only eating utensils.



Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Pirate's Bounty

Pirate's Bounty

When I was young, I pretended the knives, forks and spoons in my kitchen cabine drawers were body parts of birds. They belonged to normal birds that were cursed, so they turned metallic or glassy. As time passes, parts of them broke off and became kitchen utensils. They were collected by pirates on the seashores, or dug up from the ground. They were hidden in treasure chests. I used to imagine my kitchen cabinet drawers were treasure chests.