After All (Mending Sky)
As part of the China Remixed festival, artist Beili Liu created a site-specific installation in the east wing of the Grunwald Gallery. Beili Liu is an Assistant Professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and across the United States in solo and group exhibitions.
Emphasizing gentle movement, the energy and transformative properties of sunlight, and repeated organic forms, After All (Mending 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 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.
This exhibit ran in the Grunwald Gallery from February 24 - March 9, 2017.