This undertaking is a collaborative project between Katie Green and Danae Brissonnet which explores the process of mask making, puppetry and costume design. During their stay at Dream Community in Taipei, Taiwan, both artists worked together to create a total of eight characters that are titled Stick Man, Lovers, Monkey, Bin Lang Monster, Bird Man, Tentacles, Sour Priss and Cage. These puppets were created with both purchased and found material including paper, metal, paint, thermoplastic, fabric, plants/flowers, leather, clay, and much more. The different themes of these characters are influenced by both artist’s experiences in Taiwan. Whether that be the Taiwan’s culture, landscape, and people, or both Katie and Danae’s individual interpretations of their experience here. These artworks are also an exploration of repurposing material.
Bin Lang Monster is based on a nut called Bin Lang (beetle nut). This nut is commonly chewed by many people in Taiwan, especially in the southern regions. We were fascinated with this red producing nut and even tried some ourselves to get an idea of the taste and sensation. We decided to create a character that personified this nut. If Bin Lang was a human, it would look like this. This costume is made with salvaged fabric, stockings, stuffing, and embroidery.