Bird Man

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.

This costume started from an old rice cooker found in Dream Community. Eventually it transformed into a bird-like character with a beak made of beach wood and a small bird that nests on the top of its head. We filmed this character in a chicken factory in Pingtung where he walks down lanes of caged chickens stealing and eating their eggs. The multiple eyes on its body watching everything around him. It was an incredible experience for us to use this character to explore this factory, getting a closer look into the food industry that exists in Taiwan, and all over the world.