Viral Elitist - Anthony Van Lam

Anthony Van Lam

Viral Elitist

Framed: 73 x 53 cmWater colour and ink on archival paper
From the start, foot-binding was imbued with erotic overtones. Gradually, other court ladies, with money and spare time, took up foot-binding, making it a status symbol among the elite. This practice travelled among poorer families yearning for wealth, fertility and a better future and life for family and future generations.

An Egg in Blue promotes many positive messages and hope and reaches out to the peacock's imperial wealth. From a dance performance in the Song Dynasty (960–1127), it quickly went viral to the farm villages and many Dynasties later!

The Mongols tried to ban this practice and so to the Qing dynasty. But still, it was practised in secret. Other shoes were created to mimic the fluid and seductiveness of the Lotus shoe! Though it was banned for over 100 years, other countries created different versions and different apparatus in the name of sacrificial beauty.