Since my post on Friday about the red chairs, I have found myself drawn to several other installations featuring red components. Red is such a powerful color. The color of blood and fire can be used to symbolize life, death, danger, passion, aggression…
This work by Beili Liu is a much less tragic use of red. Liu is a Chinese artist who now lives and works in the US. She uses simple materials to illustrate complex cultural narratives.
This series of installations is called Lure/Wave or the Red Thread Legend Series.
On her website she writes about her inspiration:
“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.”
The work consists of red thread spooled into disks. Each disk is one of a pair connected together, and each couple is crafted from a single thread. They are suspended a few inches off the ground, and they gently sway in the breeze. Over the course of the exhibit the threads drift together and apart as they tangle with one another.
Red is also the color of love triumphant.
All photos from Beili Liu’s website