Wenda Gu: from middle kingdom to biological millennium Checklist

06/06/2003 - 07/12/2003

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Wenda Gu

enigma of birth
, 1993
four glass jars containing human placenta powders
(normal, abnormal, aborted, still born) and beeswax


hair brick (united genes),
1994
five cases containing solid human hair bricks

mythos of lost dynasties, form g-10
, 1997
ink on rice paper mounted with silk borders and rice paper back

untitled hair panel, 2002
human hair, glue, and rope

ink alchemy, 2000-2001
three glass jars containing chinese hair (natural, charred, powdered), three jichi wood boxes containing liquid ink made of powdered chinese hair, three cases containing six ink sticks made of powdered chinese hair, ink stick mold, and monitor

ink alchemy, 2000-2001
Glass jars, chinese hair, jichi wood boxes, liquid ink made of powdered chinese hair, three cases, ink sticks made of powdered chinese hair, ink stick mold, and monitor

Ink manufactured at Cao Su Gong Ink Factory, Shanghai, China.

[Video documentation: making genetic ink]

tea alchemy, 2002
30,000 sheets of tea (rice) paper made from 4000 pounds of green tea, three cases containing classical Chinese accordion painting books made of green tea paper, four authentication stamps, and monitor

Paper produced at Hong Ye Rice Paper Factory, Jing County, Anhui Province, China.

[Video documentation: making green tea paper]

united nations – 7561 kilometers (4698 miles), 2003
twelve panels made of human hair, glue, and rope, 5000 meters of human hair braid, and rubber stamps of 191 world nations


forest of stone steles
retranslation & rewriting of tang poetry, 1993-2003
six carved stone steles (#10-15), six ink rubbings on rice paper (#10-15), and monitor

[Video documentation: making forest of stone steles]