Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago. Her art covers multiple disciplines, drawing from her background in wearable art, fiber, and sculpture.
Wen's sculptures address loss and abandonment through the modification and assembly of found materials. She uses reclaimed domestic objects to build up her sense of belonging and security. Sculptural reinvestment and temporal shift of traces from past to present imply narratives of absence and presence as well as alienation and comfort.
Liu is one of the participating artists for the ON/OFF Grid art exhibition (April 6 - June 3) at the Gene Siskel Film Center in conjunction with the FAAIM 23rd Annual Asian American Showcase, 2018. We asked her a few questions about her work and artistic practice!
Does your identity or personal story inform your work? Who/what inspires you?
Yes. My works talk about my status as an immigrant, and the thoughts of my homeland and the US.
How do you think digital formats impact your field and your audience?
I think digital formats help promote access to my art and allow me a wider audience.
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on an other project similar to my piece Everywhere & Nowhere, with inspiration from Chinese quilting traditions.