Untitled (Death Kite)


65" × 79.5" × 30"

silk, reed, bamboo, thread, steel, hydrostone, copper leaf, acrylic, vinyl, wood, faux fur

filed in: 2022 Fiber Garments Object Kites

Kites are often flown on what is known as tomb-sweeping day, a day where the door of the netherworld is open. Kites are flown to traverse the realm of the living and send love and grief to those who have passed. Analogies for death (transitioning, passing) mimic the language of what it means to be transgender. Here, the kite is formed by the shape of patternmaking blocks fit to the artist’s size and loosely held by the artist’s hand as a ceremonial object.

The artist is on a beach flying a kite. The kite does not fly very well.
A ceremonial looking kite is held up with two metal poles. A plaster hand holds the kiteline.
A close-up image of a plaster hand holding a braided kiteline. The plaster hand is missing the ring and pinky fingers. (because I accidentally dropped it oops)
The artist is on the beach lifting their kite piece by its towline.
The artist is running on the beach desperately trying to get their so-called kite to fly.
The kite is balanced such that it is standing up on the beach sand without falling over.
The kite is captured with a flash photo such that the copper foil and daoist bagua symbols glow.