Sha Sha Higby: Noh Work
Transformation lies at the core of Sha Sha Higby's work. An internationally-acclaimed Bolinas-based sculptor and performance artist, Ms. Higby constructs a moving tableaux of fantastical creatures on a whimsical journey of life, death and rebirth. Her aesthetic has been greatly inspired by the Noh Theater��"a 600-year-old traditional form of Japanese theater. With its spare stage design, elaborate costumes and masked characters, it allows her to apply movement to her sculptures in a theatrical context.
The painstakingly made costumes and sculptures make exquisite use of cloth, feathers, branches, paper, glue, resin and string. Highly mobile, these elements provide the mesmerizing quality that draws one into Ms. Higby's world. She brings the costumes and masks to life in carefully choreographed performances. Viewers will have the opportunity to experience Ms. Higby’s costumes, masks, and sculptures as well as view videotapes of recent performances.