WE WHO WORK
Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu
We Who Work; Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu presented a collection of Hung Liu’s prints, tapestries, and cast resin paintings that were united by a common theme: honoring workers. Alongside Hung Liu’s works were hand tools from Santa Cruz County laborers and research about low wage working conditions in Santa Cruz County. Like Liu’s prints, these tools shed light on those (predominantly women) whose stories don't often get told.
Born in China in 1948, Hung Liu grew up during Chairman Mao's regime. She trained as a painter in Socialist Realism, making government-sanctioned art that glorified Communist values. She painted peasants smiling in sunny fields. But the paintings masked the truth. Turning Socialist Realism into what she calls “Social Realism,” Liu now grounds her work in authentic, emotional realities. In 1984, Liu immigrated to California with $20 in her pocket. She is now celebrated as one of our country’s most renowned artists.
See a pdf of Exhibition Labels here, written by Nora Grant
Read an article on the exhibition here