Hung Liu – Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Born 1948 in Changchun, China
Hung Liu has consistently created bodies of work that are sweeping explorations of a historical event or era. These overarching frames have included: her childhood in China and her status as both emigrant and immigrant; the eclipse of the last emperor of China; the vastly complex impact of the Cultural Revolution; the first Chinese landowner in Idaho; small and tragic happenings on the battlefield. The work is sometimes personal and sometimes epic, but always depicted in a way that tells a bit of the story of humanity.
In her newest series of paintings, Hung conflates two ideas from her childhood: memories of patronizing the small local library where she rented story and picture books for a few cents and re-interpretations of those stories, histories, and poems in the books she read.