Cathy Lu

Cathy Lu (b. 1984, Miami, FL) creates ceramic sculptures and installations that manipulate traditional Chinese imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct assumptions about Chinese diasporic identity and cultural authenticity. Unpacking how experiences of immigration, cultural hybridity, and cultural assimilation become part of American identity is central to her work.

Lu received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA & BFA from Tufts University. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs at the John Michael Kholer Arts Center, Root Division, Bemis Center for the Arts, Recology San Francisco, and the Archie Bray Foundation among others. Her work has been exhibited at Berkeley Art Center; SF MoMA; Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco; A-B Projects, Los Angeles; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; and Marin MoCA. She was a 2019 Asian Cultural Council/ Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation Fellow and a 2022 SFMOMA SECA Award winner. Her work is in the collections of SF MoMA, KADIST, ICA Miami, and The Bunker Art Space. She is currently working on a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Center in Sacramento, CA.