Kristen Liu-Wong is a Los Angeles-based artist from San Francisco who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute. Her candy-colored paintings and illustrations draw both horror and giggles from her audience. They often play out convoluted scenes of women engaged in erotic acts of sex and violence in pastel and fluorescent displays. The women she paints express, and perhaps embrace, the struggles of power and sexuality, painted in completely bizarre and fantastical settings. As the artist comes into her own sexuality as a young woman, her characters have become more savage and empowered.
Entitled ‘Conflict/Resolution’, her new series features ferociously strong women in fourteen new acrylic and acrylic gouache pieces on wood. Her women aren’t necessarily beautiful in a traditional sense, but Liu-Wong aims to express their sexual nature. Throughout, she explores themes of violence, aggression, death and ‘the resulting chaos that can come with all of those human impulses’, she shares. ‘Battle scenes, wrestling matches, and jet ski getaways act as metaphors for the idea of conflict, both with others and with the dual parts of our own natures’.
Kristen Liu-Wong’s new exhibition, titled ‘Conflict/Resolution’, will be hosted at Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles from Sept. 23 through Oct. 21, 2017.