Hung Liu’s diverse political art forms exhibited at OMCA

By Melody Webster - Arts Editor for the Laney Tower on May 14, 2013

The oil paint runs down her eyes, creating an eerily crafted photorealist portrait. This piece, among many others, is part of the exhibit “Summoning Ghosts,” a comprehensive survey of the Chinese artist Hung Liu.

"...An antique purple vase rests in front of a portrait of a woman on canvas, the shape cut out to match the shape of the scarf draped over her head...The oil paint runs down her eyes, creating an eerily crafted photorealist portrait. This piece, among many others, is part of the exhibit “Summoning Ghosts,” a comprehensive survey of the Chinese artist Hung Liu...Hung Liu is one of the first Chinese artists to study abroad and become successful in the field of art...
Born in 1948, a year before the People’s Republic of China was established, Liu lived through the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution in Maoist China. At a young age, she was sent to be re-educated in the countryside and there began to document a theme that would blend through her artwork to present day...Hung Liu utilizes shaped canvases, shelves, and artifacts to create a haunting portrayal of her life and the connectedness between memory and history. Many of her paintings depict, or are based on, historic Chinese photographs...The arch, oval, and rectangular shapes her canvases take on are reminiscent of the 19th century photographs they are based on, but more notably, Hung Liu uses shelves and artifacts to heighten the physical presence and message of her work..."

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For more on MFA Alumna Hung Liu's work, please visit:
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