Cathy Lu

July 13 to August 24, 2022

Cathy Lu is a California-based artist who explores experiences of immigration and cultural hybridity from an Asian American point of view. Lu creates sculptures and installations that often draw from traditional Chinese imagery and objects to problematize what it means to be both Asian and American without being fully accepted by either culture. She currently teaches ceramics at Mills College and California College of the Arts.

Lu earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in sculpture and ceramics, and a BFA in ceramics and a BA in Chinese language, history, and culture from Tufts University. Lu has shown her work at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA; 2020), Front Gallery (New Orleans, LA; 2019), A-B Projects (Los Angeles, CA; 2019), and Irving Street Projects (San Francisco, CA; CA; 2018), among others. Lu has held residencies at Bemis (Omaha, NE; 2021), LPP+ at Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA; 2019), and Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO; 2016).

During her fellowship, Lu will work on a project called American Dream Pillows, inspired by a tradition in ancient China that believed that resting on specific pillows could influence both your dreams and your future. She will create ceramic pillows that meditate on Asian American experiences, specifically the tension between the American dream and the lived experience.

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