Taste of Desire
Ritual performed at Leymusoom SarangBang Grand Opening (레이무숨 사랑방 개장 행사 // 六毋神之舍廊房慶典) at 41 Ross on April 15, 2022.
photography by: Robert Borsdorf
I began this ritual by reading from my mythology. Viewers were invited to take a small piece of clay, and mold it into a cup while thinking about a desire they had.
These clay cups were offered in exchange for a tiny ceramic cup I had made. I poured makkoli, a traditional Korean rice wine, into the cup, or sikhye, a Korean rice punch (as a non-alcoholic alternative.) Over 40 participants drank to their desires, and then splashed a second drink onto the building, to bless the space.
These small cups and tray are based on Protestant communion cups and serving tray I grew up using.
This ritual was performed in a community oriented space, alongside other artists of the Korean diaspora in Chinatown, San Francisco. I used saekdong fabric, a traditional colorful Korean pattern, said to be spiritually protective.