Contemporary Chinese artist Hung Liu recently visited Albuquerque to discuss her exhibition “Summoning Ghosts.” The discussion took place during the International Studies Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences conference, Cultures of Exile: Conversations on Language and the Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Liu was born in China in 1948, and came to the U.S. 36 years later to pursue an MFA at the University of California, San Diego. Liu graduated and became a member of faculty at Mills College in 1990 where she recently retired from her position as a tenured professor. Liu received two painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc., Painters and Sculptors Grant. Liu said that her artistic influences are Chinese history and her experiences growing up in Maoist China. She often paints historical photos.

Liu’s signature style of painting involves paint drips and splatters, making gravity her secret weapon. She has acknowledged this distinct approach by saying, “My secret collaborator is gravity. It drags paint to the heart of the Earth. It makes my paintings move, drip and melt.”

Summoning Ghosts will tour nationally, with planned stops at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City (winter 2015) and Palm Springs Art Museum (spring 2016).

To learn more, visit Hung Liu’s website.