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.
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.
Ma’s ingenious design for the garden features a large-scale “blossoming” structure crafted from black paper, which is referenced in her sculptural model.
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.
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.
For more information about these dazzling limited-edition pieces, please call the Mezzanine Gallery Shop at 212-570-3767.