Hung Liu – The Path

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Hung Liu – The Path

Dimensions: 41 x 87.5″
Year: 2011
Media: mixed media on panel

Hung Liu‘s The Path is a landmark painting in the solo exhibition of Hung Liu’s work at The Grace Museum in Texas. Hung Liu, working with master printer David Salgado, developed a unique method of creating her mixed media works in which she places layers of resin, paint, and metal leaf on panel. This process creates the impression of great depth in her works, as well as a sheen reminiscent of Chinese porcelain. The inspiration for this technique came from her public art installation at the Oakland Airport, titled “Going Away, Coming Home,” where she had the opportunity to paint on glass. She loved the way the sunlight emanated through the translucent layers of paint. This play of light led her to seek the same luminescence in other of her works. These mixed media resin works could be described as illuminated paintings for multiple reasons. One reason is the fact that these mixed media resin works begin with metal leaf (often gold) on panel, in the same manner as a Russian icon would be painted. The gold represents the sanctity of the subject; a covering of the natural world (represented by the wooden panel’s surface) with the sacred and pure. Another reason these works can be regarded as “illuminated” is the apparent implication of light emanating from within them as light bounces off the base layer of metal leaf and reflects back through the layers of paint.