What are hands made for? Are they for scratching, rubbing, or counting beats?
In this work a mother holds her daughter’s hand, which conveys how the previous generation took care of the next generation. It also tells how a self-taught artist, Lisa Shia, used her paintings to document her life stories growing up in Meng Xia though a scroll that she painted. The show’s elements include shadow and light, object manipulation, Kamishibai style storytelling, and music.
At the age of sixty-five, Lisa Shia began the process of learning to paint. In the last two decades of her life, she used her paintbrush to document her life in Taiwan. Under the encouragement of her teacher Liu Xiumei, she relied on her memory and her unique simple style of painting to document her life. Although there are no academic techniques in her paintings, her works are full of history and emotion. In more than 300 paintings, she recorded the customs of Taiwan, the rule of foreign powers, the horrors of war, the social changes after liberation, and the modernization of the 20th century. The National Museum of Taiwan History acquired all of her paintings in 2015 for their permanent collection.
I would like to dedicate this work to my mother, Ms. Xie Zhaozhi.
Spica Wobbe (Shu-yun Cheng) is a puppetry artist originally from Taiwan. Her work has been seen in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Holland, Germany, Israel, Austria and the U.S. Now based in NYC, she works as a puppet designer, performer and teaching artist since she received her M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University. Spica established Double Image Theater Lab (www.doubleimagetheaterlab.com) in 2011 to create cross-cultural productions that explore the world of the past and the present though object and light manipulation, music, dance and poetry. The company received a seed grant and a project grant from Jim Henson Foundation, as well as a PATCH residency at the Carriage House and the New Visions Series Residency at the Sandglass Theater. She received the Exemplary Teaching Artist Award from New York University in 2014. She was the featured artist in “Shadow, Light… Hide & Seek Exhibit” at Wenshan Theater in Taipei in 2015 and “Heaven of Puppets Exhibit” at Taipei Puppet Museum in 2016. She co-created The Memory Project with Karen Oughtred (2016), storytelling through visual arts, theater and puppetry for culturally diverse senior centers. The project received LMCC SU-CASA and Creative Learning grants in 2017 and 2018.