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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  
   

Bökh
By Colette Fu Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2019. One-of-kind.

23 x 34 x 13" open; one opening of double page photographic pop-ups. Materials: Ultrachrome HD Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Black Cardstock, Davey Board, Hand-dyed Moroccan Goatskin, Steel Studs, Waxed Linen Thread, Acid-free Adhesives. Signed by the artist.

Colette Fu: "Wrestling in Mongolian translates as Bökh, which means durability. Those who wear colorful Jangaa around their neck have won before. These silk ribbons, colored red, green, yellow, white and blue, represent fire, water, earth and air, with blue representing Mongolia, the Land of eternal blue sky. Jangaa signifies the wrestler as sacred, as these scarves are also worn by animals sacrificed to their Gods. They dance as they get on the field, mimicking the prance of lions, tigers and deer. Only the winner will prance off the field.

"Genghis Khan considered wrestling an important way to keep his army in shape. There is a legend about Khutulun, great granddaughter of Genghis Kahn, who claimed that she would marry any man who wagered 100 horses and could beat her in wrestling. She ended up acquiring an army of over 10,000 horses. As a tribute to the woman wrestler who was never defeated, men now wrestle wearing an open vest to prove to their opponents they don't have breasts."
$4,000

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Uyghur Food
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2019. One-of-a-kind.

23 x 34 x 16" open. Single opening with pop-ups. Materials: Ultrachrome HD Pigment Ink on Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte, Cardstock, Davey Board, Chromo Cloth, Bonded Leather, Punched Copper, Acid-free Adhesives. Signed by the artist.

When this book opens dishes of different types of traditional foods pop out. A man in cap with his cart of food smiles at the viewer waiting for the viewer to select from his cart the culinary delights of the day.

Colette Fu: "I traveled to Xinjiang in 2014. The US Department of State issued a level 3 travel advisory to the area, but I had purchased a nonrefundable ticket from Shanghai where I was attending an artist residency. Fortunately, I was able to get in touch with two American Fulbright students who were conducting research there, so they encouraged me to continue with my trip and stay away from Han Chinese groups who had recently been targeted by local terrorists.

"As its name suggests, 'Uyghur Food' features typical and popular cuisine of the Uyghur nationality. In the front left you see naan bread with traditional designs that are hand punched with a chicken feather durtlik (stamp). The copper background is a classic kabob grill cart. The dishes are all placed on a traditional tablecloth and are surrounded by grapes from the Turpan Grape Valley. These grapes account for 80% of China’s grapes and raisins. Hand-pulled laghman noodles surround the spread.

"Uyghurs are a Muslim Turkic ethnic group living within China’s dominant Han and have been under Chinese control since the 18th century. The majority reside in Xinjiang Province, which translates as 'New Frontier' in Mandarin Chinese. Rich in natural resources, the economic development of the region has been accompanied by the large-scale immigration of Han Chinese. In 1949, Uyghurs comprised 82% of the population. The Uyghur population today makes up under half and hundreds of thousands are detained in re-education camps. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world. "
$4,600 (in exhibition)

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Ashima (Oversize Version)
By Colette Fu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Colette Fu, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

33 x 49 x 20.5" 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: Bonded leather, Davey Board and Chinese Brocade. Signed by the artist.

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'.

"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.'"
$6,000

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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."
$2,400 (Last 4 copies)


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Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival
We are Tiger Dragon People series

By Colette Fu
Philadelphia: Colette Fu, 2008 - 2019. Edition of 10.

25 x 17 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: Chines Brocade, bonded Leather, and Tassel. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colette Fu: "China is comprised of 55 officially recognized ethnic minority groups. My mother is black Nuosu Yi, one of the many subgroups of the Yi Nationality which the Chinese government has grouped as one ethnicity. As the Han Chinese honor the dragon, Yi people worship the tiger as their grandest totem. Yi people from Southeast Chuxiong (a Yi Autonomous Prefecture) believe they once lived in a mystical forest disturbed by serpents and wild beasts.

"Annually, under the direction of the black Tiger King, they offer sacrifices and dance to reflect the journey and way of life of the Yi people. The men dress up in felted tiger costumes and visit each house to guard the village from evils. They dance – mimicking surveying, plowing, harrowing, sowing, and weeding – all steps of the rice-growing cycle, to ensure a healthy crop and long life for all. Thus 'Luoma,' the Tiger Festival, was created to display The Yi people's tiger-like strength and value."
$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 (AP copy)


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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 Chinese Brocade over Davey Binder's Board. 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.
$3,800 (One copy available)
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Colette Fu Titles Out of print and/or SOLD:  
   
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'.

"
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.'"

(SOLD/Out of Print)

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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."
(Out of Print)


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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."
(Out of Print)


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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.
(SOLD)

Yi Costume Festival (Scroll)
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