Artist uses na­ture to ease pain and stress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By LIN QI

Kong Ning, a self-taught in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ad­vo­cates love and care for na­ture in her oil paint­ings, po­ems, films and per­for­mance art.

She wore a long-tailed wed­ding gown made of dozens of fab­ric leaves in a res­i­den­tial com­pound in Luoyang, He­nan prov­ince, on July 15.

It was part of her on­go­ing One Hun­dred Thou­sand Leaves project, an ini­tia­tive to raise peo­ple’s aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

More than 20 hear­ing-im­paired chil­dren made leaf-themed draw­ings in Luoyang.

She kept th­ese draw­ings. Since she will take the per­for­mance to other cities, she wishes to col­lect 100,000 chil­dren’s paint­ings in to­tal.

She says she will piece them to­gether to form a 20-me­ter-high leafy in­stal­la­tion.

Re­turn­ing clean­ness and seren­ity to Earth has been at the heart of Kong’s many per­for­mances.

“I have an in­no­cent thought that I’m a child try­ing to blindly steer the world in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion,” says the 59-year-old Beijing-based artist.

She says peo­ple have be­come even more in­dif­fer­ent about the prod­ucts that fi­nally be­come junk.

Peo­ple won’t find last­ing hap­pi­ness as long as me­trop­o­lises are built at the en­vi­ron­ment’s ex­pense, she says.

Kong has cre­ated sev­eral per­for­mance works to pub­li­cize her idea that every one should be the in­ven­tor, user and main­tainer of a cir­cu­lar econ­omy that greens the en­vi­ron­ment.

In th­ese works, she de­signs long, distinc­tive wed­ding gowns she wears as “a maid of na­ture”.

She puts on a dif­fer­ent blue gown made of 300 biodegrad­able bags in an­other per­for­mance work ti­tled H2O.

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