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From the Field by Hung Liu

March 21, 2011


From the Field by Hung Liu, Oil on panels, 2008

My respect for Hung Liu gets deeper every time I see more of her eloquent work.  This is the first painting of hers I have seen that is not encased in layers of resin.  She worked the image across two large, cradled wood panels.  This is a larger wall-sized work, but dimensions were not listed; I would estimate the width to be about four to five feet wide.

This work was included in Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art which is on display at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 13, 2011.  I was able to learn more about the personal nature of Hung Liu’s paintings from the wall placard.

To paraphrase the placard, Hung Liu’s family photograph’s were confiscated by the government in China during the Cultural Revolution.  Much of the imagery in her paintings is based on photographs taken Western visitors in China during the 19th and 20th Centuries.  Hung Liu has an interest in chronicling the lives of oppressed people and is interested in the stories of women and children who are often erased from social history.

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