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Artist Spotlight: Victoria Lu '24

As one of the only Chinese students in my high school, there wasn’t much emphasis placed on Asian culture, so I often turned toward media. One of the most comforting ways to engage with my background was by studying the history of Asian art. I admired the philosophies of elimination of color, the embodiment of time within landscape paintings, the architecture of temples and monasteries.

The Guanyin statue in this first piece is heavily inspired by Guanyin of the Southern Seas, a wooden sculpture dated between the Liao and Jin dynasties. It can be found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

In the following two pieces, I envisioned a tiny spirit watching visitors in the eaves of the Potala Palace. I was fortunate enough to visit Tibet a few years ago and fell in love with the architecture, with its vibrant reds, blues and greens, accented by ancient gold. In the first piece, the spirit emerges from the mouth of the lion statue, and in the second, she wishes “Good Morning!” to a pair of surprised monks.

You can find my work here or on my Instagram.