Project #5 Gallery Catalogue Entry

This art work is worked by Xiaocen Jiao. The work is about a girl who struggle with her life and justice. People around her spread gossips which are counterfeit.  However she’s a person whose rather to die instead of obeying her principal. The Author is trying to build a great woman to irony those people who like whispering gossips. Unfortunately,  the girl finally uses death to show her innocent. This art work is inspired by Humument, Tom Phillips, working based on Core Unashamed, Langston Hughes.

People like to hear news, but the distance between news and gossips maybe just several adjectives. Lucy started to be a target in neighborhoods’ mouths since she was in her mother’s body. The reason is because she didn’t have a father. Her mother Jane was pregnant without a marriage. Actually, her father died in a war without a body. Her mother looked Lucy as a bright pearl because she’s the only thing that her father left to her mother. They used to love each other so deep. At the beginning, when Lucy’s mother moved in to this small town, people are wondering her background and her charming soulmate,  Lucy’s father Harry. Half year later, the war started. Harry had to leave. That’s the beginning of the tragedy. No one knew it because Jane thought that’s the duty for a man scarfing for the country. Some people said Harry fell in love with another girl. When they received the message about Harry’s death, but didm’t find a body, some started to say Harry was a deserter. At this time, Jane had been pregnant for several months, then people realized that the reason Harry left was because “he didn’t want to be a father “or “the baby was belonging to someone else.”

Bad news always has wings. When Lucy was born in this tiny town, she became one of those two victims by gossips. She was a good girl as always, but in some people’s words, she was the underbred girl without father’ which is unfair for her. At the age of going to school, if some kids lost their stuffs,” must be Lucy stole.”; if Lucy got grade A, ” must cheat on others. ‘ However, in this horrible situation, Lucy became more and more honest and brave because she knew the hurt of gossip that she’d suffered. She was just trying to insist her innocent, but finally she chose death because the power of rumor. She thought if death is the only way to make people realizing that they have been wrong, she would do it. In the end, the death was deserved. People were ashamed. You won’t believe the power of rumor, but you have to admit people like to exaggerate the truth to catch audiences attention.

This piece just a part of a story, but Xiaocen want to express that the truth is more precious. Please don’t spread things you are not sure or you know it’s not true, because it may hurt someone. So in this piece, Xiaocen just created a half face of Lucy because another side of the face was Lucy living in other people’s words. Xiaocen’s work is trying to inspire you think about what you should say before you say it. Words are also a cruel weapon that kill people without blood.

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