Journey With Me Towards My Grad Exhibition: #5

Today is finally the day of the opening!

EEEEEEEKKKKKKKK! Can you see my name?


After a few finishing touches this is where I am at >.<

I apologize for the qualities of these photo because I had to use my phone. However I did have a very kind friend who helped me take some lovely photos ūüôā ūüôā

(NOTE: Art students, never document your work with your phone! It would be the least professional to show pixelated pictures for a portfolio!!) 

I promise more good quality photos to come !!

Some pics of my Banana book (again sorry for the quality !):


Words cannot describe how excited I am ! Its has been such an amazing journey thus far and I am already missing all the stressful, sleepless nights as an art student. ¬†I can’t believe 4 years of hard work has ended up in this two week long show.

I only wish to continue working hard and hope for the best for the future ūüôā

Stay tune for more pics for the opening!



Journey With Me Towards My Grad Exhibition: #4

Hey everyoneheart,

I’m posting this super late because I can’t sleep >.< . ¬†It’s 2 AM right now and I can’t help but think about what is going to happen tomorrow at the opening…

Lots have been happening since entering the gallery…

Here is my space on day #2 of installation:


My work in progress:

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Gah! The beanbag is like a bed! So soft ~~~~~~~


Here is my last day of installation!! (featuring some of my very tired classmates :))17911002_409372049421946_8859257_n.jpg

The books on the shelves are the main focus of my installation but the yellow beanbag and pillows are all sewn by me. I wanted to create a inviting and comfortable space¬†where people are able to read my books. This is also the reason why I hanged my shelf so low, so it’s at a level where hands can easily reach the books .

Everything is happening so fast but I can’t wait until the opening >.<

Really hoping that everything will go smoothly…

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Journey With Me Towards My Grad Exhibition: #3

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Here is another sneak peek of what I’m showing!

Yup. Bananas.

As I mentioned in my 10 Layers of Hong Kong¬†post, a lot of the art I do revolves around me understanding what it means to be both Chinese and Canadian. Calling someone ¬†a “banana” is a derogatory term used to describe a person who is “yellow” on the outside and “white” on the inside. What composes the image of the banana on the cover are the Chinese words¬†šĹúŚėĒ which means loathsome or disgusting.

Stay tune for more sneak peeks!!


4 days until the show !


Still need to print and bind a book, sew a million pillow cases and zippers are the true death of me @________@

Hey but at least I’m preparing a pillow fest for my show!!!!!


Nothing beats the excitement and nervousness of having to show your artwork to a big audience. You want to make something that is worth watching.

I’m counting down 4 more sleepless nights till the big show >_______<



heartThank you all that has been reading my post thus far ! It means a lot !heart


Journey With Me Towards My Grad Exhibition: #2


I am finally inside the exhibiting space !

My class is figuring out who goes where in the gallery. As mentioned before how¬†I present the artwork dictates what the viewer’s relationship is with the piece

some pics of my lovely classmates inside the space:

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What I’m going to miss the most is the closeness our studio class has developed being in first, second , third and fourth year together. ¬†When I think about the art that I made in ¬†1st year I think about the naive and sheltered thoughts I had about what composed art.

Its crazy to experience how much my art concepts have evolved since then…4 years can just past by like a breeze…

Journey With Me Towards My Grad Exhibition: #1


It’s crunch time. My final exhibition is next week!

For most art students this is where they become like work machines. Nothing is relaxing during this time.

My desk has been invaded by my work @____@


But at least you get a sneak peek of what I’m showing hehehehehe…


Right now I’m still working out how I should present my piece

Should it be on the floor, on the wall, as an installation or on a plinth ??????

However I¬†present my ¬†piece affects the viewer’s relationship to it so I have to be certain of my choice.


I’m still trying to figure things out with a week left. Gah.

For other students that are putting up their grad show as well, GO, GO, GO!!!!

Stay tuned to see what ¬†I’m prepping before the finals show!


Gaining connections as an art student


Let’s admit. Being an art student artist is tough.

Not only do you have to be constantly creative, you have other elective courses that you have to deal with while juggling having a social life. Here are some tips on how to not only maintain a social life but as well meet new people within your busy schedule ūüôā

1. Join events and activities organized by your faculty

This might be obvious but sometimes its really hard to take time out to join school events. But if you really wanted to meet new people with the same artistic passion as you then joining these events can also help broaden your social network !

Each year my school has these art conferences where students are able to present either a pitch about their project or present their artworks directly in a conference room. I was able to not only see other amazing student  work, I was able to get critique on my artwork and gain a couple of Facebook followers.


2. Check emails from profs about becoming a short term artist assistant

I’m not sure about other universities but my visual art profs from Simon Fraser University always get emails about artists needing a short term artist assistant . These are golden opportunities to not only see what a full time artist does, you might score a well known one that can help build you social network as well! I was lucky enough to become a artist¬†assistant for Lyse Lemieux,¬†who opened my eyes to the art of installation and to contemporary textile works.


3. Before you graduate, do at least one internship !!!

If you absolutely cannot make it to doing the first two, then consider doing an internship before you graduate!  Not only do you get school credits, your intern placement will generally allow you to work at home or will work around your busy school schedule.  Internships are great for meeting only a handful of people but you have deeper connections with them because you are going to be working with them for one school semester.

I was currently interning at BAF Gallery and I was able to gain valuable connections with not only my supervisor but with the¬†curators and artists of the gallery’s¬†exhibiting shows¬†!

Most of these tips come from my personal experience as an art student so please feel free to add on more tips in the comments down below!



10 Layers of Hong Kong

A lot of my artworks explore what it means to be Chinese Canadian. There is always a space of ‚Äúin-betweenness‚ÄĚ that I have¬†felt being born in Canada with strong cultural roots in Hong Kong. 10 layers of Hong Kong, is a series of painting that explores the fragmented memories I have of Hong Kong since I last visited. Each painting is part of a¬†cityscape of Hong Kong.

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Each painting is created on mixed media paper with acrylic paint and black ink.

Why study Art?

Blogpics1In my final year of high school I clearly knew what I wanted to do.

Since a child I knew I would study art.

It’s funny because I had many art teachers that discouraged me from this path

“You can’t draw properly…”

“You can’t colour inside the lines…”

But what kept me going was my high school art teacher. She encouraged me to do what I was passionate about and pursue it with all I got. I worked hard to compensate for the skills that I was lacking.

So I ended up in the Contemporary Arts Program at Simon Fraser University.

I soon learned that anyone or anything could be art.

I learned that being an artist encompassed more than just drawing or painting really well.

I learned that because I couldn’t express myself in any other way, art was the best language I could communicate with.

So why study art?

Because art became a part of who I was and part of studying art became a study of myself.

Fame, money or success will never be able to compensate that.

For all those students planning to study art, work hard for your passion and you won’t regret it.



Who is Clara Liu?


Hello readers of this blog!

I am a 4th year visual art student  from Vancouver, BC  who is working towards becoming a full-time art teacher.

In this blog, you will be able to see the quirks, irks¬†and berserks of being an art student ūüôā

I will showcase a few of my artworks and offer tips and advise on how to make being an university art student less stressful !

Please journey with¬†me as I work through my internship at BAF Gallery, on my final project and on my class’ graduating show at the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University.

And what happens after graduation? God knows…

Stay tuned for more post!