Cathy Lu creates ceramic sculptures and installa- tions that manipulate traditional Chinese imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct assump- tions about Chinese diasporic identity and cultural authenticity. Unpacking how experiences of immigra- tion, cultural hybridity, and cultural assimilation be- come part of American identity is central to her work.
Lu (b. 1984, Miami, FL) received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and BA & BFA from Tufts University. She has participated in artist in residence programs at the John Michael Kholer Arts Center, Root Division, Bemis Center for the Arts, Recology San Francisco, and the Archie Bray Foun- dation among others. Her work has been exhibited at Berkeley Art Center; SF MoMA; Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco; A-B Projects, Los Angeles; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; and Marin MoCA. She was a 2019 Asian Cultural Council/ Beijing Contem- porary Art Foundation Fellow, and a 2022 SFMOMA SECA Award winner. Her work is in the collections of SF MoMA, KADIST, ICA Miami, and The Bunker Art Space. She is currently working on a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Center in Sacra- mento, CA.