wenda gu’s wedding life #1
a cultural marriage wedding ceremony
a special art performance for asian art museum of san francisco, february 8, 1999
artist: wenda gu (groom, chinese), collaborator: frances kaplan (bride, australian ameri-can),
minister: cameron c orwin (6 years old, philippino and caucasian hybrid)
process of the performance:
a love experience #1, cutting hair into hair powder: frances will cut caucasian hair and wenda gu will cut asian hair. #2, mixing caucasian and asian hair powder. #3, putting hair into ink. #4, grounding ink with hair.
a wedding ceremony: a caucasian and philippino hybrid child makes vows in front of a groom wenda gu(in a costume is made of shiny red silk velvet. it is composed symmetrically half of the classical confucian scholar robe and half of a western tuxedo. use mixed english and chinese hair embroidered synthesized english and chinese words).the bride frances kaplan(in a white traditional gown). the child plays three ways: #1, he is the wedding minister; #2, he is the symbol of future child from this wedding; #3, he is an future american dreamer.
a life experience: creating calligraphy: the bride frances painting large english letters on white paper covered ground; then the groom wenda gu create and interwoven chinese seal script into english.