Hung Liu – Right Bend


Artwork Description

Hung Liu – Right Bend

Dimensions: 36 x 36″ finished size / 36 x 36″ unframed
Year: 2019
Medium: oil on canvas

Hung Liu’s West Bend features her autobiographical symbol–the dandelion. Liu has painted images of women such as Chinese prostitutes, whose names were changed to those of flowers, and whose identities were lost. These women were forgotten by history, and their youth was stolen. They came to be known by such names as “Lily,” “Narcissus,” or “Little Peony” in calendars Chinese men would use as catalogues to choose their brothel partner.

When Hung Liu traveled across the US for her exhibition at American University, she realized that the humble dandelion lives across the world. She knew the dandelion in her homeland of China, and she saw its variations across the United States. Hung Liu adopted the dandelion as her autobiographical symbol, due to its properties of transformation and migration. Like Liu herself, the dandelion migrates and puts down strong roots wherever it lands. It begins its life as a beautiful flower, transforming as its life-span progresses, ultimately dissolving into the earth.

-Tonya Turner Carroll