Lay Dying
Image Credit: Mei Mei

“Ancient people believe that their souls will be transformed into animals, and their behavior in this life will determine what kind of animal they will become in the next. I use my work to redefine the concept of “karma” by extending it to the animal world and asking humans to reflect on the way their actions influence the animal’s fate.

A major work in the exhibition is a door-sized sculpture. I identified dozens of different dead animal body shapes by searching roads for their carcasses. I used their outlines to create panels for a large transparent form modeled on a church window. My sculpture serves as a totem by creating a connection between humans and animal. When light passes through the object, the viewer’s body is wrapped in animal shadows. I hope that this moment of connection helps viewers pay more attention to the way their actions affect the future of animals.” –Mei Mei



Friday, April 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Join us for the closing reception of Mei Mei's MFA Thesis Lay Dying. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, click here.


Mei Mei was born in Anqing, China. She completed her BA at Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She currently lives in Washington, DC where she is earning her MFA at George Washington University. She works primarily in video, but also creates installations, sculpture and collage. She’s most interested in character design and storytelling. Her work takes its inspiration from moments in her daily life. She employs various narrative techniques (in her videos) — such as personification, metaphor, and allegory to translate her personal experiences into stories that resonate universally with her viewers.


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