Hung Liu – Captured
Dimensions: 66 x 66″ finished size
Medium: oil on canvas
Captured depicts Liu’s interest in chronicling the lives of oppressed people and, in particular, portraying Chinese women and children in the context of their social history.
Based on a photograph of captured women, Liu works from the viewpoint of a scholar artist who utilizes photographs as source material. Her use of photographs grows out of her experiences during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1969), when family photographs were confiscated by the Chinese government to encourage loss of individual identity. Her approach constitutes an act of rebellion, since painting from photographs was frowned upon in China, as was working without a predetermined content and composition honoring Mao.