Mistelpartition, 2006

Miami Beach 2016
Peter Blum Gallery
In Mistelpartition, 2006 Su-Mei Tse uses a forest outlined against the sky as a musical staff. The trees are leafless but ghostly clusters of mistletoe cling to their branches. Tse transforms the white bunches of mistletoe into the notes of Shostakovich's “Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major.” The viewer is able to “see” the music through Tse’s eyes by following the notes as the score progresses—like the bouncing ball in old movies—as sound, nature, and art combine in beautiful harmony.