From my diary November 29th, 2012 … “So even though I have felt that it is important to make painting in order to make art objects of value — maybe in fact all the other performance work is really just so I can process and create these paintings with clarity … OR … Maybe the challenge is to create performances that can be like painting…”
The aim is to use our bodies as well as the objects to think of interesting shapes and forms within a limited time frame. I created several light weight cuboid sculptures which were easy to carry and fit to together. I then asked two persons to use the posts to create a sculpture in 15 seconds in a stage. The audience counted to fifteen then we paused for 5 seconds to take a picture. The same couple had another 15 seconds to make another sculpture immediately afterwards. They were about 10 sculptures in all, with 10 pictures documenting their creations. This rather elemental experiment is an attempt to break-down and study the elements of sculpture in relationship to our bodies. Costume has been one of my main topics of focus so understanding form and body is a basic requirement. The first pictures were taken during a recent art group performance, the Period Art Group, at West Lake Hangzhou.
The second set of pictures when taken on campus at Shuren University, near my home.
I joined a group of committed artist who have determined to produce performance art works at least once every month. Since the group was formed I have performed with them three times. Below are a list of my projects and some pictures.
My Foot is bigger than Yours
The Other Half
This group is really unique in China. I love working and hanging with them. Here are some pictures of some of the other work created during our last performance at West Lake, Hangzhou on November 24th.
Third time’s a charm they say, and I wholeheartedly agree. Although I’ve been married 3 times I still have the same husband. Our first wedding was in Ethiopia during the new millennium celebration in September 2007, the beginning of the year 2000 according to the ancient Ethiopian calendar. We were married again that same year in New York, the most legal, even if less festive celebration. Our marriage is a happy and fruitful one. So why get married again?
My third marriage was not to Lester. I committed my life in a formal way to the activity that has been the driving force of my life for as long as I can remember. Creating Art. In the performance piece “The Other Half” I wore a wedding dress to show my commitment to the solemn thank-less duty of producing artwork.
The dress I wore is store bought off the rack in China, but very special. During the performance while wearing the dress, I asked the audience to go underneath my shirt to see what makes this ordinary dress really unique. Underneath is a collection of objects and materials arranged to tell a story of my recent journey as an artist. The audience is invited to spend time and explore all the nooks and crannies, take what they can remove , and photograph themselves with me from my most intimate side.
I guess the reason I was thinking about wedding dresses is because Lester and I have started an online store selling dresses for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers, all made to their size. Check it out. Tell your friends and their friends. You could even become an agent and make some money. Click on the link to visit the site: www.weddingdressforyou.com.