Vanitas (Lucia), 2019
Illuminus, Boston, MA
(Aria "Spargi d'amaro pianto" by Donizetti)
Vanitas (Lucia) is a meditation on the production and transmission of effect in media as it relates to the portrayal of female hysteria and sorrow. The work reinterprets the mad scene from Donizetti’s opera, Lucia Di Lammermoor, as a base to examine the control and rejection of pain in traditional depictions of women. Soprano, Nina Guo, sings the famous "mad" aria.