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BRIGHTLY COLORED FOLK-ART BY KRISTEN LIU-WONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kristen Liu-Wong is an artist, living in Brooklyn. Her body of work is significant and spans a series of mediums – oil & resined paintings, illustrations, silkscreens, self-published zines, embroidery, glassware and videos. Her themes often reflect a blend of brightly colored folk art, bizarre narratives, sex and violence.

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Her work blends everyday occurrences from her life in Brooklyn with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is  highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.

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