[ Pink Rose ]

Pink Rose - 10 (2001)

This was the first art piece I did about adoption. In the first year of my photography degree we were asked to do an autobiographical project. My peers, after finding out I was adopted, convinced me to do a small piece about my adoption despite my protests that it had no effect on my life.

My only starting point was my Vietnamese birth name, Le Bich-Hoong, which I was told means pink rose.

I did not work on adoption art for another two years after this project. It was only later I realized how important this piece would become and how pivotal it was to showing me the potential of using art to delve into the complex world of adoption.