Cathy Lu // Peach Garden

Irving Street Projects // July 5 – October 6, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28 3 - 6pm
Clay Workshop: Saturday, August 25 1 - 3pm (rsvp to
Closing Reception: Sunday, September 30 3 - 6pm

Join artist Cathy Lu at Irving Street Projects as she develops 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 offers an alternative perspective to traditional symbolism associated with the fruit.

For the past eight years, Lu has been creating sculptures inspired by produce she finds in different Asian neighborhood markets. Her interest lies in the ways immigrant communities import fruits from their homelands and why some of these fruits remain ‘exotic’ and some become mainstream in American markets. An opening reception will be held on Saturday July 28 3-6pm. Lu will offer a free clay workshop on Saturday, August 25 1-3pm (rsvp to, and a closing reception will be held on Sunday, Sept 30 3-6pm.

Cathy Lu is a San Francisco-based contemporary artist. Her work explores the manipulation and appropriation of traditional Chinese art imagery and how ideas of cultural ‘authenticity’ and ‘tradition’ interface with contemporary trans-cultural experiences. Her work has been exhibited at Root Division, Aggregate Space, and Hashimoto Contemporary. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI MFA 2010) and Tufts University (BFA 2007). She has taught ceramics at Sonoma State University, California College of the Arts (CCA), and Ulloa Elementary

Peach Garden is supported by funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission.