A recent, year-long exhibition at MOCA, the Museum of Chinese in America, Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America was a historical investigation led through the subject of food. Complementing oral histories and archival material, commissioned artworks brought the history to life, and included Untitled (2016), among several highly elaborate ceramic sculptures by Heidi Lau. The work is a direct response to Chef Vivian Ku, whose modernist sensibilities are echoed here in the modular lunch box, while her family history is also referenced (Ku’s grandfather built a successful business making noodles). The work also highlights Lau’s distinct style: abstracted, embellished, and complex.
Earlier this month, Lau had a solo exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Primordial Molder. In 2015, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. She also recently held solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery in New York and Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut, both in 2016.
—Courtesy of ICI
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary
About Heidi Lau
Oakland, CA, United States, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States