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“Paradise Interrupted” and Jennifer Wen Ma

Two sneak peeks of the new opera Paradise Interrupted will be performed in the Temple of Dendur at the Met on Saturday, March 21.

“Paradise Interrupted Scaled,” by Jennifer Wen Ma, 2014

“Paradise Interrupted Scaled,” by Jennifer Wen Ma, 2014

 In conjunction, The Met Store’s Mezzanine Gallery Shop is offering several pieces by its co-creator and director, the visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma. Her elegant sculptural study for the opera’s stage design and two evocative prints are available in limited editions.

Conceptual rendering courtesy of Jennifer Wen Ma. Photo of Qian Yi by Guo Zheng Zhang.

Conceptual rendering courtesy of Jennifer Wen Ma. Photo of Qian Yi by Guo Zheng Zhang.

Bridging performance, installation, and technology, Paradise Interrupted was inspired by the Garden of Eden and The Peony Pavilion. Its narrative follows a woman in search of an unattainable ideal, exploring a world that is activated by her singing voice as she attempts to return to the garden.

The artist developing the stage design for “Paradise Interrupted,” courtesy of Jennifer Wen Ma

The artist developing the stage design for “Paradise Interrupted,” courtesy of Jennifer Wen Ma

Ma’s ingenious design for the garden features a large-scale “blossoming” structure crafted from black paper, which is referenced in her sculptural model.

Another view of “Paradise Interrupted Scaled”

Another view of “Paradise Interrupted Scaled”

An accomplished artist in many disciplines–installation, video, drawing, performance, public art, and fashion design–Ma was on the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her works at The Met Store meditate variously on Chinese ink (a timeless medium of expression in East Asia), gardens, and the transience of nature.

“In Furious Bloom,” by Jennifer Wen Ma, 2012, available in two sizes, features a Chrysanthemum covered in Chinese ink

“In Furious Bloom,” by Jennifer Wen Ma, 2012, available in two sizes, features a Chrysanthemum covered in Chinese ink

Paradise Interrupted is being presented in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Asian Art Department at the Met. The eagerly awaited opera will enjoys its full-length world premiere in May at Spoleto Festival USA.

“Hanging Garden in Ink,” by Jennifer Wen Ma, 2012

For more information about these dazzling limited-edition pieces, please call the Mezzanine Gallery Shop at 212-570-3767.

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