Mercy - Jinny Ly
Needle felted wool, hand-carved driftwood
8 x 5 x 15cm
“Mom's boat, with Grandma, Grandpa, and her two little brothers (my uncles), was caught in a whirlpool at sea. While everyone was below deck, praying for the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin) to spare their lives, Mom peeked outside and witnessed a whale tail pushing the vessel out of the whirlpool. She ran below and told everyone what was happening but by the time they went up, the ship was out of danger.
I had a hard time believing this story when I was a child, but as I grew up I realized that anything is possible. Written in red, the address on the wooden cup is the location of the refugee camp where my family stayed for a year. Without that whale, they would have never made it.” -- Jinny Ly