Beili Liu’s ‘The Mending Project’ sees her sewing white cloth pieces below hundreds of sharp blades.
Chinese-born artist Beili Liu created a large-scale installation at the Women & Their Work gallery in Austin, Texas earlier this year. For The Mending Project, Liu sat at a table beneath hundreds of sharp Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, performing an ongoing task of mending.
As visitors to the gallery entered the space, they were asked to cut off a piece of white cloth that hung near the entrance and offer it to Liu. The artist then continuously sewed the pieces together and the mended fabric grew in size throughout the duration of the performance, spreading across the floor beneath the mass of downward-pointing scissors.