Colette Fu ~ Pennsylvania

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Artist Statement: "My pop-ups are a way for me to speak and inform; the real and implied motion in the pop-ups link to a temporal element and an inevitable corollary is to awe and unsettle. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between book, installation, photography, craft and sculpture.”

We are Tiger Dragon People series

Colette Fu: "With the help of a Fulbright fellowship, I began photographing for We are Tiger Dragon People in 2008. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in Yunnan Province and comprise less than 8.5% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority.

"My mother is a member of the black Yi tribe; her grandfather was Lung Yun
, governor of Yunnan from 1927-1945 and commander-in-chief of the 1st Army Group. Learning about my Yi ancestry in my mid-twenties inspired me to begin this work and is still in progress.

"Traveling through the mountainous Yi landscape, one old Yi man told me, 'Although an eagle flies far into the distance, its wings will fold back. For the Yi, the ultimate goal of life is to find the path of your ancestors.' Another Yi man advised me, 'Don’t follow the black road, which is madness, dampness, illness and the ghost road. You should follow the white road, which leads you back to your ancestors.'

"With a generous award from the Leeway Foundation and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel artist residency in Shanghai, I have extended the project to include ethnic minority groups outside of Yunnan Province. This project has also been funded by the Independence Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Visual Artist Network."

   
Colette Fu featured in American Craft Aug/Sept 2015  
   
Wa Hair Swinging Dance from We are Tiger Dragon People Series
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2016. Edition of 10.

20 x 25 x 8" single opening pop-up. Ink: Epson Ultrachrome Pigment Ink. Paper: Epson Premium Presentation Matte mounted onto Cougar 60lb smooth cover. Glue: PVA and 3M repositionable adhesive. Cover: Black Iris cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colette Fu: "The Wa people regard the wooden drum as a divine tool that has exceptional power and is the symbol of existence and prosperity. Wa women uninhibitedly swing their long black, shiny hair to the beat of the drums. Their beat is slow and fast, representing anger, sadness, anxiety and happiness."
$2,600


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Yi Tiger Festival from We are Tiger Dragon People series
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2016. Edition of 10.

20 x 25 x 8" single opening pop-up. Ink: Epson Ultrachrome Pigment Ink. Paper: Epson Premium Presentation Matte mounted onto Cougar 60lb smooth cover. Glue: PVA and 3M repositionable adhesive. Cover: Printed Ultrachrome Pigment Ink Iris cloth and burlap. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colette Fu: "The Yi worship the tiger as their grandest totem. Yi people from Shuangbai County (Chuxiong yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province) once lived in a mystical forest disturbed by serpents and wild beasts. Under the direction of the black 'Tiger King,' they offer sacrifice and dance to reflect the journey and way of life of the Yi people as they visit each house to guard the village from evils. Thus 'Luoma,' the Tiger Festival, was created to display The Yi people's tiger-like strength and value."
$2,400

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Ashima
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2015. Edition of 10.

17 x 25 x 10.5" single opening pop-up. Ink: Epson Ultrachrome Ink. Paper: Epson Enhanced Matte mounted onto Cougar 60lb smooth cover. Glue: PVA and 3M 568 Positionable Adhesive. Cover: Black Iris cloth and embroidered Tyvek..

Colette Fu: "The Sani live in and around Stone Forest, and are a subgroup of the Yi. Their lives are as colorful as their embroidered clothing, and they treasure song and dance above wealth and success. Their legend of Ashima is sung from generation to generation and is an inspiration for Sani women today who refer to it as 'the song of our ethics'.

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Ashima was a young Sani girl engaged to be married to (her cousin) Ahei. Azhi, the son of the village leader, tried to force her to marry him. Azhi unleashed a trio of tigers to kill Ahei, who killed the tigers with arrows and escaped unscathed. But when Ashima and Ahei were playing by a river, Azhi generated a flood and Ashima drowned and turned into river stones. Her words are echoed through the forest: 'I will never disappear even as the sun and cloud disappear, my soul and my sound will exist till the end of time.' Sani people say that Ashima’s suffering is their suffering.

"My great grandfather Governor and General Lung Yun's calligraphy is prominently carved in red above the entrance. He governed Yunnan from 1927-45 and was nicknamed 'King of Yunnan.'"

$2,600


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Bamei, Peach Blossom in a Forest
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2015. Edition of 10.

17 x 25 x 10.5" single opening pop-up. Ink: Epson Ultrachrome Ink. Paper: Inkpress Rag Cool Tone 300gm, Epson Enhanced Matte. Glue: PVA and 3M 568 Positionable Adhesive. Cover: Black Iris cloth.

Colette Fu: "Bamei means 'cave in the forest' in Zhuang language. Tao Yuanming, an Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, wrote of an isolated Peach Blossom Valley where people lived a simple, pastoral life. For centuries, Chinese people merely regarded this valley as imaginary. To the Chinese, the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some - immortality."
$2,200


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Yi Costume Festival [Scroll]
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2014. Edition of 2.

21" scroll extends to 120". Materials: Chinese brocade fabric, wood, rice paper. Image printed on Hahnemühle rice paper with Epson Ultrachrome ink. Scroll closure ribbon and bone clip. Laid in 22.25 x 3.5 x 3" cloth-covered box lined with red velvet lining and red ribbon lift . Bone and loop closure. One copy in box; one is not.

Colette Fu: "Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. In pursuit of the girl, a jealous Devil King tried to kill the boy. An old man taught the young girl to crow like a rooster to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend, and the villagers now show their gratitude by wearing cockscomb hats that bring luck, safety, and happiness to their people."

Fu also produced a pop up version of the Yi Costume Festival which is now out of print.
$1,600


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Colette Fu Titles Out of print and/or SOLD:  
   
Axi Fire Festival
From We are Tiger Dragon People Series
by Colette Fu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2014. Edition of 2.

23.75 x 35.25 x 14" open, single double-page opening. Epson UltraChrome Pigment Ink on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper mounted to Somerset Velvet White 250gsm paper. PVA and 3M Repositionable Adhesive. Bound in cover of laser-engraved oak. Signed by the artist.

Colette Fu: "The Axi, one of the 27 branches of Yi celebrate the Axi Fire Festival to honor Mu Deng, the man who brought them fire. Legend has it that once when the naked Axi were hunting, heavy rains came down, sending them to shelter under an old tree. An old wizard, Mu Deng, appeared, rubbed some dry wood together and started a fire. The Axi were no longer cold and learned how to cook food."

Center for Books: "In 2008, Fu was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to create a photographic pop-up book of the 25 ethnic minorities residing in Yunnan Province, China, from where the artist’s family descends. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in the Yunnan and comprise less than 9% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Fu uses her artistic skills to spread knowledge and provide a brief portrait of their existence."

Axi Fire Festival was originally published in a cloth edition of 10. This edition in laser-engraved oak boards was produced later in an edition of 2.
(SOLD)

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Dai Food
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2013 . Edition of 10.

17 x 25 x 10.5"single opening pop-up. Ink: Epson Ultrachrome Ink. Paper: Epson Enhanced Matte mounted onto Cougar 60lb smooth cover. Glue: PVA and 3M 568 Positionable Adhesive. Cover: Black Iris cloth. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

Colette Fu: "The Dai people refer to their land as 'bazi', meaning tranquil and beautiful. Their homes are in a lush subtropical area near river basins with exceptionally fertile soil. Their food is similar to Thai food in that it combines sour, spicy, salty, and sweet flavors but with its own distinctive style."
(SOLD)


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Yi Costume Festival
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2013 . Edition of 10.

17 x 25 x 7" single opening pop-up. Printed on Inkjet Rice paper with Epson Ultrachrome ink. Bound in Chinese brocade-covered boards. Tassel attached to bottom spine end. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

Colette Fu: "Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. In pursuit of the girl, a jealous Devil King tried to kill the boy. An old man taught the young girl to crow like a rooster to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend, and the villagers now show their gratitude by wearing cockscomb hats that bring luck, safety, and happiness to their people."
(SOLD)


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