Ming Lu creates works in a diverse range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. In her recent works, she takes inspiration from everyday materials and humorously adopts symbols and language from Chinese history. She uses many ordinary daily objects in her works, such as cosmetics (notably lipstick and facial masks), lingerie, hair extensions, furniture and food, transforming them into anthropomorphic playful representations of the female body and the female experience.

Ming Lu is interested in the breaking-up of forms, functions and concepts and their transformation into something new.

By placing pervasive pop-cultural symbols of femininity, fertility, domesticity, beauty and elegance in new poetic and surreal narratives and settings, she separates objects from their contexts, an act of “modifying objects as bodies, or vice versa,” as Lu puts it. With that, she is able to conduct a conceptual and aesthetic play between object and objectification.

Artist’s Work

Ming Lu

She dipped a stick into the mud and lifted it, 2019
Su embroidery  80 x 80 x 0.2cm  

Ming Lu

Dialogue, 2019 
Blue and white porcelain 18 x 18 x 26 cm

Ming Lu

Wonderful World, 2019 
Blue and white porcelain 30 x 16 x 9 cm

Ming Lu

No one knows her beginning, no one knows her end, 2019
Su embroidery 80 x 80 x 0.2cm  

Ming Lu

Blues Is My Business, 2019
Blue and white porcelain  30 x 16 x 9 cm 

Ming Lu

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, 2019 
Blue and white porcelain 30 x 16 x 9 cm

Ming Lu

Painted Skin, 2018
Acrylic on used face masks  21.5 x 17.5 cm each

Ming Lu

She transformed into the bird, flew to and fro between the mountain and the sea, 2019
Su embroidery 80 x 80 x 0.2cm  

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