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Cookies of the West: The Lost Wisdom of Kanye

Fortune cookies
2” x 4” x 1.5”
2012

Fortune cookies are, by their nature, tactile objects, which require interaction and destruction in order to function. Much like a tweet the wisdom contained inside is brief and occasionally profound. By replacing the words of Confucius with the truisms formally found on Kanye West’s twitter, I am exploring the relationship between an American invention and its Chinese identity.  Through this replacement expectations of profound Eastern wisdom are rattled, and the anticipated seriousness of the object is replaced with a touch of humor.