Growing up as a minority in the South, Kelly Lu rarely saw representations of her race as a Vietnamese-American.

Her work references ideas of rebellion, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the internal struggle to find an identity. She emphasizes how opposites balance each other by finding the relationship between light and dark, innocence and corruption, the beautiful and rotten, and life and death in an illustrative form. These ideas and concepts also tie into rebelling against the Western perspective of stereotyping the East Asian woman. Lu works in ink, marker, and acrylic on various surfaces, influenced by post-war, Japanese artists.

Kelly Lu was raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston.

Kelly Lu’s WAR!
May 28 – June 26, 2016