Events: Artist Lecture, Friday, February 24th, 5 pm, Grunwald Gallery
After All (Mending the Sky) is a site-specific installation by Beili Liu, Assistant Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin, which will occupy the east wing of the Grunwald Gallery as part of the Global Arts and Humanities Festival at Indiana University this February.
Emphasizing gentle movement, the energy and transformative properties of sunlight, and repeated organic forms, After All (Mending the Sky) is comprised of suspended raw silk half domes. These domes or “stones” have been imprinted upon using the cyanotype process to lend rich indigo tones to their forms. True to her use of humble, yet metaphorically charged, materials, Beili Liu’s use of raw silk makes reference to the tradition of cultivating silk in China where Liu was born. After All (Mending the Sky) poetically draws upon the Chinese fable of Nüwa, goddess and creator of mankind. After a tear in the sky brings suffering and calamity to her creations, Nüwa faces heroically difficult tasks to mend the tear, and return order to the world.