Theresa Hu

As an international student from China, the experience of living in different countries gave me a chance to explore diverse cultures that in turn influenced my art. A lot of my work explores the cultural conflicts between the East and the West; the integration of these very different cultures is an emphasis in my creative process, focusing at the same time on issues of identity.  

I like to use what I find to be gorgeous colours​ to create surreal narratives. I also like the challenge of combining traditional art forms with new media, often working with oil paints, digital collages, photography, and video editing.  

The concepts in my artwork often come from significant memories and places I’ve been. The stories I want to tell come from my own emotions and the self-identity I’ve developed as a cultural traveler. For this graduating exhibition, I draw inspiration from Chinese mythology, with dominating themes of "dreams" and “fantasy.” The awe-inspiring and sometimes bewildering stories I grew up with are like a fantasy world I sometimes escape to. In this series, I use female characters as a surrogate of myself, as well as drawing inspiration from my friends and traditional Chinese art. I like to bring my observations from everyday life into my artwork; I also like to express myself in different perspectives, which manifests as the contrast between the dream world and reality.  

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巾帼

oil paint

30' x 40'

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镜花水月,

oil and acrylic paint,

24' x 30'

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The Dream of Long

oil paint

30' x 40'

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To Be

acrylic paint, wax

36' x 48'

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Circle #1, #2 & #3

fine liner pen

20' x 55'

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除夕之梦

fine liner pen, gel pen, ink,

18' x 24'

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除夕之梦

fine liner pen, gel pen, ink,

18' x 24'