Each and Every
by Beili Liu
Open Studio*: June 25 – July 11 (Tuesday – Friday, 12 -5 pm)
*artwork under construction; studio open to the public
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11 (5pm)
Exhibition Period: July 12 – August 31 (Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Saturday, 12 – 5pm)
MadArt Studio proudly presents Each and Every, an installation and performance by Austin-based artist Beili Liu. Through her practice, Liu subjects commonplace materials to unorthodox processes, extrapolating complex cultural narratives around the trauma associated with migration and diaspora. In her first major Seattle exhibition, she creates an expanse of hundreds of articles of children’s clothing flattened and preserved by industrial cement and positioned just inches above the ground. Thousands of lines of thread which are partially coated in cement hang from the ceiling, hovering slightly over the vast plane of clothing. Additional tension is added through dichotomies within her materials and concepts: lightness and heft, malleability and firmness, fragility and strength.
This installation is Liu’s direct response to the atrocities inflicted on migrant children and their families at the southern border crossing of the United States. As the title and work suggest, Each and Every calls attention back to the individual experiences of these children and their families, generating space for empathy and understanding. Liu also incorporates several performances into her Open Studio period, using the repetitive acts of cutting down and resewing cloth to explore cultural ideas of feminine labor. These performances will take place alongside her physical installation, July 9 – 11 (details above).
Each and Every has an original sound composition by Ohio-based musician and sound artist Chris Westhoff.