HELLO MY NAME IS EXHIBIT A
2014, Oil on Italian Linen, 60 x 50cm
Finalist, 2015 Nilumbuk Art Prize
So high was the infant mortality rate in ancient China, that a newborn was only named one month after birth - a custom that continues to this day.
However the more superstitious parents would withhold the name for even longer, believing in vindictive gods whom might take the child if they were aware of its existence. To throw the gods off-scent they would give the baby a temporary false name like, say, Bath-plug.
During the Maoist period, businesses were given prosaic names such as Department Store No 3. And as the terracotta warriors are a big business in China, particularly in Xian where there are few other attractions, the appropriate name for this bouncing boy is Exhibit A.