Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago. Her process of transforming and reconstructing objects in her sculptures explores subtle and unexpected contrasts and connections, which weave into innovative narratives. Her art incorporates an interdisciplinary aspect, drawing from her background in wearable art, fiber, and sculpture.
She received her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Fiber from China Academy of Art and received her MDes in Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in the National Grand Theater in Beijing, China and at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL.
I create sculptures that draw from materials like commonplace and found objects to create a new context – a crib paired with crutches transforms into a boat with oars. My practice focuses on materials that are already saturated with meaning: well-worn clothes, discarded toys, reclaimed furniture, and through working with these materials I experiment with their physical limitations and symbolic idiosyncrasies. By combining scratched and scarred furniture legs - the wood, which died when it was cut down, grows again; individual stories are combined to build a monument of memories, or a spear that attacks and protects. The process of transforming and reconstructing the objects through tracing, molding and casting explores subtle and unexpected contrasts and connections, which weave into innovative narratives.
Latex has been a recent focal material in my pieces. The process of using latex to create a shed skin of an object is a metaphor for my own metamorphosis from my cultural roots to an international purview.