Art by Cathy Lu

Lu received a master’s degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

About the artwork:

“In the broadest sense, identity is made of two parts: what we think of ourselves, and what others think of us. Our sense of self is dependent on the society that surrounds us. History has already coded our experiences based on our physical bodies through race, gender, skin color, and other attributes, and it is those interactions that are vital in forming identity. We locate ourselves in relation to those around us: as male or female, Chinese or American, and so forth. Our way of defining ourselves is disjointed, each piece composed of different, and oftentimes conflicting, experiences and interactions. For better or worse, we are dependent on each of these fragmented experiences, incomplete without them.”

– Cathy Lu