Goldfinch's Birdhouse


Hong Chun Zhang

1. My Grandmother’s Cage

The cage represents the patriarchal society that kept women bound to the private space within the home. Grandmother also had bound feet. The practice that crushed the bones and deformed the feet of young girls so they can have the outward appearance tiny delicate feet. The goal was to have a “Three Inch Golden Lotus” (sancun jinlian), but the actual result was unbelievable pain that lasted a lifetime. In this picture, grandmother is sewing a normal size pair of cotton shoes because her daughter was the first women in her family to break the cycle of bound feet.

2. My Mother’s Cage

Unlike my grandmother, the cage door is open. Mother had more freedom as a women in the Communist Chinese society. Her feet were not bound and she had a number of career opportunities. Still, my mother did not have the frredom to say or do what she wanted. Her cage was the restrictions of the day and Maoist Thought, especially during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The Chinese character on the cup is (weibing or hongweibing); the Red Guard.

3. My Cage

Compared to my grandmother and my mother’s generations, Chinese society has progressed and the situation for young urban women in China has improved. The cage is open and I can sit on the outside. The Chinese character on the cup is fu meaning good fortune.

Also notice that the feet are uncovered and slightly exaggerated (larger than normal).


Goblin Spider by Forest Rogers

Goblin Spider was inspired by a folktale and traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Elaborate hairpins made me think “legs,” of course. I also noticed that many beauties were depicted holding a bit of folded fabric or tissue in their mouths. This was a come-hither symbol, sufficiently demure to get past court censors but widely understood as erotic (don’t attempt it with Bounty Duratowel — it loses in translation). Thus, mouse in mouth. 

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Yugo Kohrogi, "l 51", 2012, 727 x 606 mm (F20), Private Collection, image posted with the permission of the artist.


Yugo Kohrogi"l 51", 2012, 727 x 606 mm (F20), Private Collection, image posted with the permission of the artist.


1960: The greenest garden of Pittsburgh”

Last week, it was about gloom, this week it’s all about bloom. Last week, we featured the Thanksgiving snowstorm of 1950, this week we bring to you the black-and-white photographs of the ever-green Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from our archive. 

We found many photographs of the annual Flower Shows hosted in the “greenest” facilities in the world. In 1966, during the 72nd annual Flower Show the “Alice in Wonderland” display captivated the public’s admiration. “The scene, depicting Alice standing in a  garden of giant toadstools, was done in hundreds of daisy and pom pom chrysanthemums.” The show was considered to be one of the finest floral exhibitions in the United States, according to the Post-Gazette. The centerpiece of the 1968 annual Flower Show was Humpty Dumpty made of chrysanthemums with a giant story book for found visitors. 

In 1964, the Flower Show featured something that looked like an ancestor of the Giant Rubber Duck made of flowers, but then after reading the cutline, we realized that it was a giant dove. 

Phipps Conservatory has been in Pittsburgh for a long time. It was founded in 1893 by steel and real-estate magnate Henry Phipps as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh.

 — Mila Sanina  

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Filipino artist Noel Cruz transforms mass-produced dolls to create stunningly realistic one-of-a-kind figures of celebrities.”

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Olena Skytsiuk

"Petrykivka is a style of painting which originated from the small Ukrainian Petrykivka village. This style of painting utilizes thousands of small brushstrokes, blending together to present a seemingly seamless element within the painting. The brush used for these paintings are in themselves unique, being hand-made from cat hair. Olena Skytsiuk, a renowned Ukrainian painter is one of the few artists who are preserving this dying art. She has been a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine since 1978. Her work can be found in museums and private collections all over the world."

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