The Mending Project

Beili Liu2009

Women & Their Work

Women & Their Work
Austin, United States

Suspending hundreds of dagger sharp Chinese scissors from the gallery ceiling, Liu immerses viewers in an environment that suggests distant fear and looming violence. The hovering cloud of shears is softened, however, by Liu herself who will sit beneath the countless sharp blades of scissors and perform an on-going simple task of mending. Liu’s quiet task of mending moderates the menace the scissors evoke and suggests the power of silent persistence in a simple action.


  • Title: The Mending Project
  • Creator: Beili Liu
  • Creator Nationality: Chinese
  • Creator Gender: Woman
  • Date: 2009/2011
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Location Created: variable
  • Physical Dimensions: Variable
  • Type: Instillation, performance, contemporary, conceptual
  • Medium: iron scissors, fabric, needles, table, chair

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