I am going to collect used stuffed animals in Montreal. After reached my goal, I will use a butcher knife to cut each animal’s mouth one by one (this process will be documented by video), and then I will take a portrait of each animal that doesn’t have a mouth (upper body only). Later, I pile all the animals on the floor, sewing mouths back to them by hand, but this time, animals’ bodies and their mouths will be mixed randomly. For example, a teddy bear might have a monkey’s mouth, and a monkey might have a duck’s lips. After finishing sewing, I will take a portrait for each animal again. the portraits of the animals (both without mouths and with mended mouths) will be available for bids.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University. She has performed and exhibited her work in multiple national and international performance art festivals and venues. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat Canadian magazine.