beili liu: the mending project
beili liu: the mending project beili liu: the mending project
oct 13, 2011

beili liu: the mending project

‘the mending project’ by beili liu at the women and their work gallery in austin, texas, USA image © don mason

‘the mending project’ by chinese-born artist beili liu is a performance art and installation project that consists of hundreds of chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling in a shimmery cloud. put on at the women and their work gallery in austin, texas, USA earlier this year, the piece involved the artist sitting in front of a small black table, hand-mending patches of fabric together which visitors are encouraged to cut themselves near the entrance. as the performance continues, the piece grows as one continuous cloth and lays spread on the floor. 

the hovering mass of the downward-pointed scissors represent the distant fear and looming violence present in today’s cultural climate. the sharp blades above the artist are put on contrast by the silent and simple act of mending. the dichotomous result of the instant fear superimposed with the calming effect of the sewing creates a surreal atmosphere in the room.

beili liu: the mending project liu during performance image © don mason

beili liu: the mending project detail of suspended scissors image © don mason

beili liu: the mending project (left) mending image © christy cochran (right) hanging fabric by the entrance image © rino pizzi

beili liu: the mending project image © christy cochran

beili liu: the mending project detai view of mended fabric pieces image © christy cochran

via mymodernmet

  • wow ,it is crazy.

    tangtang says:
  • Chilling and stark juxtaposition

    Dbibiloni says:
  • Love the contrast..
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    Rye-guy says:
  • Wow, I don’t think I’d be too happy sat under all those blades for too long. Still it looks wonderful, a really intriguing approach to social criticism.

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    Simon says:
  • love it. I share the sentiment.


    Naysa says:

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