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.
Lovers is a story of sensuality and relationships. It touches on the portrayal femininity and masculinity. These two characters emerge from eye-like shapes as if to explore a new view of their world and themselves. They move alone and together. As they emerge, they discover their surroundings and eventually find one another. Dancing back and forth trying to decide if they will embrace one another. During our research, we had multiple conversations with Taiwanese men and woman of the current generation and many expressed a desire to want to explore their individual selves rather than be in a partnership. This is a difficult desire when looking at the marital tradition of Taiwanese culture. Katie and Danae wanted to use puppetry to explore this conversation.