Qijun Liu: MFA Art Thesis Exhibition

Opening reception: Apr 7, 6pm
Exhibition on view: Apr 8 - 15
USC Roski Graduate Gallery



USC Roski School Graduate Building
1262 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


About the Exhibition:

Ever since Liu moved to the United States when she was  sixteeen years old, her familial communication solely revolved around images and videos her parents took of the family dog. The resulting body of work stems from these footages collected over years and uses sculpture, diagrams, video, and mixed media collage to express the psychological conflicts produced by exchanges only possible through the phone. Viewing the family as a social institution, Liu utilizes satire and humor to reflect on family interactions and long-distance communication involving pets. Drawing from various references, such as family sitcoms, Western and Eastern family dynamics, diagrams and personal experiences, the exhibition presents the absurdity instituted by these systems - especially within Chinese society. 


About the Artist:

Qijun Liu graduated from the University of San Diego with a visual art degree and an art history minor. Her works tend to explore and reflect on observed phenomena through a conceptual practice. A sense of absurd humor is often embedded in her work. Rather than imposing a solution to a psychological conflict or societal construct through the works, she aims to ask questions about these observed phenomena. Many of her works cohere around the word of relations. She draws inspiration from observations in her daily life, a mundane living state that everyone experiences, trying to see the social or cultural factors that have formed our ways of living and capture the ephemeral and subtle connections between things.