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.
Cage includes two parts. A tall clown-like figure with a cage head and a small human-bird hybrid puppet who lives inside the cage. The attire of this figure started with a bird cage we found at a local flea market in Taipei. We were also incredibly inspired by the traditional oriental fabric with the dragon character that we found at the Yongle Textile Market. This character is searching Taiwanese landscape for his bird. This character has no face or arms, fumbling around unable to see. Once he is united with his human-faced bird, he can explore the world around him.