Grace Needs A Mirror
Written and Performed by Joyce Lu
Highway Performance Space, Los Angeles

Visual Concept, Video Projection Design, Animation

Project Background
Grace Needs a Mirror is an autobiographical play by Joyce Lu, in which she explores how institutional violence marks bodies and psyches from one life to the next; furthermore from there to discuss the relationship between fear and liberation. 

Design Concept & Process
I was moved by Joyce's personal story. In my design I tried to undertake the unspoken parts of her struggles and psychological landscapes. Through the dramatic and stylized body movement, the videos acted as her self-portrait. In they play, they were also 'her mirror' reflecting her inner-self and emotional state. 
After my filming section with Joyce in the studio, I composed several shots in post and eventually projected my design on to set pieces through out the play along with her storytelling and her choreography on stage. 
Opening scene
Opening scene
Past life as a drug dealer?
Past life as a drug dealer?
Locked up in the mental hospital
Locked up in the mental hospital
All the angers
All the angers
Dream sequence
Dream sequence
Am I in David Lynch's Inland Empire?
Am I in David Lynch's Inland Empire?
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