In "Lust, Love, and Loss," flesh becomes object, and object softens into flesh. The skin becomes a veil, a billowing cloth a sail, the body a bowl—or an ornament—or a frame. Material and matter, animate and inanimate, dead and alive are the same: the line of an etching, a brushstroke, a bronze, a breath, a word, clay. A ship, a channel, a chamber, a chalice, a creature, a carafe, a woman, a cloud, a sound: "Vessel."
Learn more: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/public-practice/public-practice-projects/irene-hsiao-artist-in-residence/vessel/
Irene Hsiao is 2020–2021 Smart Museum Artist in Residence. Irene Hsiao and this project are supported by the 2020 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist program. This project is inspired by the 2021 Smart Museum exhibition "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe."
Movement: Irene Hsiao
Music: Bravais Lattice (Raul Barragàn and Claire Zurkowski)
Costume: Vin Reed
Links Hall video made possible by the Walder Foundation’s Chicago Takes 10 series and Pivot Arts
Lighting and Technical Direction: Giau Minh Truong
Videography: Paul Scudder
Sound Engineering: Che Arthur
Smart Museum of Art video recorded by Irene Hsiao
Concept and editing by Irene Hsiao.