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UICA Interview: Beili Liu

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The ancient Chinese legend of the red thread tells that when children are born, invisible red threads connect them to the ones whom they are fated to be with. Over the years of their lives they come closer and eventually find each other, overcoming the distance between, and cultural and social divides. Inspired by this legend, Beili Liu's installation "Lure/Wave" makes use of thousands of hand spiraled coils of red thread suspended from the ceiling of the gallery. A disk may be connected to another, as a “couple”, and each pair is made from a single thread. Every coil is pierced in the center by a sewing needle, which enables the suspension of the disks from the ceiling.

Beili Liu is a Chinese-American artist whose creative work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, and currently is an assistant professor at University of Texas at Austin. 

 

 

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