Performance photo, print on cavans, 2017
Installations, 7mX1m, tree, led lights, wire, 2017
“It is my recurrent year in the twelve-year cycle, and according to the tips on the almanac, it’s self-discipline as well as self-help to do prescribed things at prescribed times”. “On lunar February 13, 2017, it was suitable for logging, and I chose to cut a withered tree with the Bovine kneecap I take it back from Xinjiang; on lunar March 1, 2017, it was suitable to do the wood things, so I do the wood things for this tree”. During the process, I developed an obsession with it.
The main thing is base on The Book of Songs ·Minor Odes of the Kingdom · Logging
Chop chop fell the trees;
chirp chirp went the birds.
One issues from the secluded valley,
And removes to the lofty tree.
“Logging” It was Zhu’s understanding of art generated in her behavior and action, and the process of its expansion, stretching and digestion. Artist is the connection between bovine bones and trees, which unfolds in a seemingly violent manner at the moment when the two touched, but gives a tranquil emotional experience, and thinking space. Destructiveness is a trait revealed and hidden from time to time in Zhu Yu’s art creation. Reconstruction in destruction is also the reconstruction of itself. “I want to reshape myself in such a way, break my own limits, regardless of how good or bad the result would be. Let the soul get reborn, that’s what I have to do. I can only destroy the way of my working and language. I hope that I can experience the pureness and flawlessness of baptism and regeneration when I make a piece of work, but I always fall into the abyss designed by myself”. This is the way in which artist make self-sarcasm and self-ridicule.
Zhuyu_Chop chop fell the trees, chirp chirp went the birds. Video Performance, 16'12", HDV 1920x1080, 2017