July 5 – October 6, 2018
Over the course of her three month residency, Cathy Lu developed an installation of ceramic-based sculptures inspired by the ancient Chinese myth of the Immortal Peach Garden. According to legend, peaches from this garden ripen over generations to be eaten by deities to gain eternal life. For thousands of years the peach fruit has served as a symbol of longevity and prosperity in Chinese culture. In Western art history, the fruits are also part of a suggestive, symbolic visual language and are frequently fetishized in popular culture today. Neither edible or romanticized, Lu's Peach Garden offered an alternative perspective to traditional symbolism associated with the fruit.
In addition to opening and closing receptions, Cathy led a free ceramics workshop for the community and her work was profiled by Sarah Hotchkiss of KQED Arts
Peach Garden was supported by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission.