ling-wen tsai performance
Selves/Others, pot of soil, boots, oil painting (Ling-Wen) by Painter Joe Begnaud, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art, 2005
The performance installation, Selves/Others, raises the question of time and self-hood. I sit, stand, and stare upon the painting (a visual interpretation of myself, painted by a close colleague) while dressed identically to my image in the portrait. The multiple-selves were presented through two-dimensional (the painting), three-dimensional (my physical presence) and four-dimensional (the live durational performance) representations. The past, present, and future are suggested and questioned. The painting is a psychological portrait that captures the emotions of loss and longing endured through a cold and endless winter.