‘Fresh Cut’ by Tiffany Liu
Artist: Tiffany Liu
Title: ‘Fresh Cut’
Medium: Acrylic on Board
Dimensions: 2” x 1.62”
Framing: Framed (Frame Size: 4” x 3.5”)
Year of Creation: 2018
About the Artwork:
“This delicate miniature hopes to invite it’s viewer to have a more intimate experience. ‘Fresh Cut’, is both jarring and delightful. Flowing foliage and abundant blossoms distract from a gaping neck wound. She is a beautiful maiden depending on how you interpret it, the epitome of organic.” – Tiffany Liu
About the Artist:
Born: 1981, Taipei, Taiwan. Education: 2005 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA, BA
A confessed exemplar of the Peter Pan Syndrome, and happily ensconced in a personal “Never-Neverland,” Liu has never lost her childlike spirit. The artist estimates that approximately 50% of her waking existence has been spent in “one big daydream.” Liu’s work reflects the visions and fantasies of her imagination. Her canvas is her playground. A wash in rainbow hues and populated with a veritable circus of cute (and freaky) creatures, her candy-colored acrylic paintings are at once strangely familiar (they reference the visual style of vintage storybooks, board game graphics, and nursery décor), and oddly jarring in their often audacious and mysterious subject matter. Liu’s are booby-trapped images wherein things are seldom as they seem, and there are often disturbing—and disturbingly humorous—complexities lying just below their colorful surfaces.
Telling stories and creating worlds where anything and everything can happen is Liu’s forte. She loves playing with ambiguities and contradictions. She is adept at tackling things that she fears and rendering them affable and accessible; creating characters that speak to her, and making art that allows viewers to feel as though they have stepped into her dream world. Yet, there is often troubling complexity in Liu’s lollypop world. Often recalled as idyllic, Liu’s vision of childhood reflects a reality in which things often go awry–but in the most playful and colorful way. If some works hint at sexual awakening tinged with corruption and consumption, others treat themes of a search for love with sweet subtlety, humor and mystery. Liu’s non-stop visual invention and the fecundity of her imagination are staggering. She fills her paintings with visual puns, and even double-puns. The amazing, floating, colorful artistic world of Tiffany Liu is one you’ll want to visit again and again.
Liu first started showing in 2006 and continues to show her work across the world.