Hung Liu – Daughter of the Revolution


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Hung Liu – Daughter of the Revolution

Dimensions: 78.5 x 62 x 5.5″ finished size / 78.5 x 62 x 5.5″ unframed
Year: 1993
Medium: mixed media, oil on canvas, wood and glass bottle

In 1993 Liu travels again to China in search of more archival photographs.

Liu, her husband, and son return with her mother – Liu Zong Guang – to the family’s small ancestral village near Shenyang, in northern China, where they participate in a “grave sweeping” ceremony honoring her grandparents, whose graves are earthen mounds in a corn field. Liu paints a large self-portrait in the cornfield called Burial at Little Golden Village. Drips begin to appear as an erosive force in Liu’s paintings. During this period, the physical shapes of Liu’s canvases correspond to the outlines of her subjects, so that the idea of “ground” is illuminated in favor of “figure.”

Liu paints a number of “revolutionary” self-portraits: as a soldier, as a Buddha, as a peasant, and as a third world woman with a “third eye.” She also paints – through 1995 – several works depicting cross-gender performance, including a boy making up as a girl in Peeking Opera, and ballerinas dressed as soldiers in the Cultural Revolutionary Red Detachment of Women.