Watma Buddhist Shrine
RULES OF THE SHRINE:
- The dog's name is Tama (ຕາຫມາ)
- The shrine must be made of objects no longer desired
- Please take of shoes before entry
- Prayers may or may not be answered
The Watma Buddhist Shrine is a playful reflection of my childhood experiences of finding a place to belong as a second-generation Laotian-American. In this multimedia work, a dog named Tama invites viewers to explore the world contained within a cardboard shrine. As Tama makes their journey through the window of the shrine, they seek for a place to belong to in a world that is seen to be constantly in flux.
The original construct eventually became part of the larger Eternal Belonging installation (2020).