Ro2 Art is thrilled to present ‘Arrested Identity,’ the first solo exhibition by artist Xiao Lu Liu. The show will run from January 13 through February, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, January 13, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
Xiao Lu Liu’s ‘Arrested Identity’ explores the often untold struggle of identity forming in toxic socio-cultural environment. She presents prints and paintings with characters in impossible, mysterious, and absurd activities revealing the emotional and spiritual suffering of their disconnection from a genuine, authentic self. Symbols, analogies, and satires are used by Liu to guide the viewer through the narratives while leaving room open to interpretation. The works create ever-shifting dynamics between the recognizable and the unseen, and between conviction and reality. It challenges the viewers to ponder their own forming of identities.
Xiao Lu Liu was born and raised in China and she moved with her family to the United States in 2007. Since then, she has started a formal art education. Liu is now a senior printmaking major at the University of North Texas. She started doing printmaking in spring 2015 and has loved it ever since. In 2016, she received the Jean Andrews Scholarship from the College of Visual Art and Design at UNT, as well as the CVAD creative project award for traveling to the Frogman’s Print Workshop in Nebraska, one of the nation’s top printmaking workshops. Printmaking has been an eye-opening journey for Liu because of the range of possibilities it offers in its various processes. Moving forward, Liu is going to explore other creative processes, especially painting while focusing on printmaking. In 2017, Liu will search for grad school where she will concentrate on drawing, painting and printmaking. Her goal is to become a professional studio artist.