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Metamorphoses
  • Wenda Gu
    born 1955
    born: Shanghai, China ; active: United States, China
  • Metamorphoses, 2004
  • Where object was made: New York, United States
  • hair, glue, twine
  • Object Height/Width: each panel only 199 x 123 cm
    Object Height/Width: each panel only 78 3/8 x 48 3/8 in
    Mount Dimensions: each panel with strings 245 x 123 cm
    Mount Dimensions: each panel with strings 96 7/16 x 48 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the William T. Kemper Foundation and David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation in honor of Dr. Chu-tsing Li
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, E3
  • 2006.0162.a,b,c
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Panel a: 7 lines of English text in cursive style made of human hair compressed in glue. The hair is mostly black.
Panel b: A single large character made of human hair compressed in glue. The character is a combination of English and Chinese. The hair is of various shades of brown.
Panel c: 4 horizontal lines of pseudo Chinese characters in seal script style made of human hair compressed in glue. Each line contains 4 characters. The hair is of various shades of brown.