London Tsai
the hole in the doughnut

cedar and plywood
17.25 x 13 x 13 in
(44.5 x 33 x 33 cm)

Isn't it strange how the most important part of a doughnut is its hole, which is nothing? And yet without it, the doughnut is not a doughnut. Which might explain why the Hindus who were comfortable with nothingness had a doughnut-shaped snack called vada while the Greeks who abhored nothingness didn't; and maybe that's why it was the Hindus who invented the number zero and not the Greeks.

I started working on this piece when we were living in Seattle, but only finished it after we moved to Miami. It's a model of a much larger piece, which I also started in Seattle, called "Domicile"; I transported its twelve-foot-long arcs to Miami where they are stored in my studio awaiting the day I have the gumption and courage to actually assemble them all together.