Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Myths and legends have existed since the start of human civilization, but now we can only imagine a world full of wonders from our ancestor’s scripts. What if we could go back to the age of myths and magic? Would we see things differently?
In Treeing: What Remains of a Pilgrim, I propose a fictional book with 15 short myths of humans transformed into trees. The stories combine my own imagination with inspiration from real mythologies. In the annotations of each story, an unnamed person is following the myths as guidance and manuals, one by one, trying to bring them into reality with their own body.
We begin with a preface and introduction by an imagined editor who has found the book of myths and is planning to publish it. The second part is the book itself with the hand-written annotations. Lastly, there is a glossary and bibliography.
Multilayered in its storytelling approach, this book is an invitation to look into your own understanding of myths and folklore, and root yourself back in the most sublime imaginations of nature.
Liu, Sichen, "Treeing: what remains of a pilgrim" (2022). Masters Theses. 848.
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View exhibition online: Sichen Liu, Tree Tree