The word “FU”, meaning good fortune, luck, blessings, and happiness is very auspicious in Chinese culture. A popular saying is to wish someone a hundred FUs, meaning a super-abundance of happiness.
I am intrigued by the beautiful graphic structure of the word FU, the strokes and components of the word that provide a visual structure and conceptual framework for stylistic interpretation. This single word can be written in at least a hundred variations.
In this series, the word becomes a visual icon just like the graphic numbers in a Jasper Johns painting. Inspired by Johns, I focus on this figure familiar to Chinese-Canadians and try fresh ways “to do something to it” and then “do something else to it”. The result is a hundred FUs that express the many possibilities for happiness in all cultures.