The Money Tree Revival Project is a unique blend of Chinese and African American traditions. While modeling an African American Revival church service, the performers sweep the audience up into the revival ritual. They chant and repeat over and over that they can turn hair into money! As the performers make this impossible claim, participants are encouraged to give strands of hair, as much as they can muster to be collected into a basket. After collection, the hair is woven into coins using a Chinese knotting method, and used to adorn a small money tree. A trial run was performed last year around the winter solstice. Future development of the idea includes a performance in the Bazaar art space in Shanghai. An animation was created to be played while the performance is taking place.
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.
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.
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The gallery consists mainly of images from my portfolio. These selected works were created, staged, performed and curated from 2002 through 2011. For works done after 2011, click on the Artwork tab, or use the sitemap in the sidebar.
The works are presented by category and are from a wide range of disciplines. The older work reflects my interest in the female body politic as an immigrant to the US from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Since then my aims have shifted to include projects which explore the ephemeral links connecting peoples and communities. Such projects include: Interweave – The Hair Project Series, SH, ZZ, NY; the Adventures in the Arts Series, NY and The Ten Scenic Spots of West Lake, HZ performance. These explorations all aim at bridging cultures and deconstructing stereotypes.
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