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Lucy Liu Opens Up About Her Artwork

Lucy Liu working in her art studio (video screen capture)
Lucy Liu working in her art studio (video screen capture)

In the past I wrote about Lucy Liu creating art under the name Yu Ling. Apparently Liu no longer feels the need to use a pseudonym. She recently launched a new website which showcases all of her artwork including the stories behind the art, and behind the scenes videos of her creating some of the pieces in her studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. Her work includes paintings, sculptures, silkscreens, and handmade constructions from found items.

Liu announced the new site with posts on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.

According to her bio, Lucy Liu’s interest in art began at the age of fifteen, when she started experimenting with collage and photography at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a B.A. degree in Asian Languages and Culture, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her interest in acting. Her first solo exhibition, Unraveling, at Cast Iron Gallery in New York in 1993, was a photographic exhibition that earned her a grant to study at Beijing Normal University. She later also studied at New York Studio School.

In 2011 Liu published Seventy Two, a book of images of her Seventy Two series of artwork which was presented in London. Seventy Two consists of seventy-two paintings in ink and acrylic. The series is said to be “inspired by the seventy-two Names of God – esoteric sequences of Hebrew letters that some believe help in the journey to find enlightenment for mind, body, and spirit.”

Lucy Liu is also a human rights advocate. She has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2004.

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to many more actors that are visual artists.