Tuesday, June 2, 2009

beili liu

lure/forest, thread, needle, dimensions variable, each coil 2-5" in diameter, void, silk organza, 49 layers, 30x43x15, origin, chinese spirit money, rolled, charred, 7.5' in diameter, yun yan, incense drawing on paper, mounted on birch panel, 8 panels total, 26x52 each, bound #2, thread, needle, red oak (reclaimed shipping crates, 6'x10'x18", encirclement, installation and performance, thistle, pin, dimensions variable, recall, wax, thread, cable, 9'x14'x8.5'
My work depends on a genuine connection to the material. By playing with the material—testing, manipulating, experimenting, and examining, even leaving it for months—I watch for the moment of surprise, when the material responds to one or a series of actions, and leads to an exciting physical or conceptual outcome. That outcome itself sometimes becomes the lead into a new project.

Often, what I learned from the material calls for a particular set of elements: structure, spatial orientation, location, light, and sound. Other times, I respond to a space or location that I come upon by chance. It asks to be transformed or fulfilled. And through the spontaneous dialogue with the chosen material and sensitive spatial compositions, I attempt to deliver it.

it's rare to see an artist whose work visually speaks with such clarity and vision. this work is clear, quiet, strong, perfect and i can't get enough of it...see more here and make sure to take the time to read how each piece was conceived and constructed-so interesting.


  1. Thank you for this, your blog and your sensitivity.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for posting...off to read more about this work.