Hung Liu, 1995

Children of a Lesser God
oil on canvas with red
lacquer boxes and cans
182.9 x 203.2 x 7.6 cm
Collection of Esther S. Weissman. Courtesy Steinbaum Krauss Gallery
© 1995 Hung Liu

Liu's work focuses on the experiences of ordinary people, including her own family, as well as on individuals whose names are already written in history. Her memory of life in China during years of communism and especially the Cultural Revolution, as well as her research in American history on such topics as immigration and child labor, provide the inspiration for her paintings. In her view, people of every status have a role to play in the pageant of history.