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KRISTEN LIU-WONG ON CULTURE

Culture is so important and pervasive. It makes up who we are - our identities, basically. As far as modern culture goes, I feel very connected to analog-type ways of doing things. More so than the digital world. Of course, I'm a part of the modern world. I recognize that things like technology and social media are very important. But for me personally, I've never listened to an audio book. I've never even read a Kindle. For me, the paintings I like most are paintings that you can see in person, and there's that tactile, human touch. I like turning a page in a book. It's all about the experience for me.

Painter and illustrator Kristen Liu-Wong's painting titled Love Letter To A depicting a nude raven-haired woman with her wrists bound and tied by rope to a ceiling beam, embraced by a ghost-like shadow.

Love Letter To A/Courtesy of Kristen Liu-Wong

Whether I like something [or not] depends on whether I feel connected, whether it interests me and connects to me as a person more so than whether it's specific to my culture or specific to my time. I think there's something timeless that can be seen in the human experience and different things throughout that have been created through that time. So for me, I am more intent on seeking out things that I feel connected to than keeping up with what's current.

Artist Kristen Liu-Wong's painting titled The Watchers depicts a nude couple in the act of making love, visible through a window with the curtains drawn, with a Voyeur hiding in the cactus plants outside the window wearing a yellow hat.

The Watchers/Courtesy of Kristen Liu-Wong

I love learning about different cultures, and I love seeing ways in which all different cultures from all over the world are connected. I get my comfort from the fact that there's something that you can find in every single culture that connects to you, no matter where you're from. One of the things that draws me most to art is that timeless quality.

Artist Kristen Liu-Wong's painting titled Spinning Yarns depicts a raven-haired woman sheathed in a swath of sheer pink fabric, sitting behind a spinning wheel, spinning pink yarns. She is surrounded by plants, and has two bats dangling three clusters of grapes above her head.

Spinning Yarns/Courtesy of Kristen Liu-Wong

I was raised Catholic, but I don't really believe in God. I don't believe in an afterlife, necessarily. All I know is that I don't know what happens after we die. But I do know that what we can do, we can do here. And so in that way, I feel like art has kind of replaced religion for me. It can pass down from generation to generation, and it can speak to different generations, far in the future. The same issues we were having 500 years ago, we're still having today. So I think in that way, it's really cool to look at old art and feel this human human connection, this human experience that's universal.

Artist Kristen Liu-Wong's painting titled Until I Pop, depicting a woman wearing a red bra and panty set, sitting on the ground next to a coffee table, eating a cup of ramen noodles with chopsticks, with a spilled bottle of Pepto Bismol next to her.

Until I Pop/Courtesy of Kristen Liu-Wong

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