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If I have to check a box, I check the one that says ‘Asian’. I’m Chinese-American. Categorization, such as race or gender, can be useful tools that simplify the complexities and multiplicities of our world. Yet I continuously struggle to define myself this way because of the cross-cultural perceptions associated with this identifier and the limitations set by its biased truths. With this in mind, my most recent ceramic sculptures and collages address such socially defined categories and how they make for both understanding and misunderstanding.


Jessica Lau lives and works out of Somerville, MA. As an artist and art teacher, she contends with the notion of cultural hybridity to embrace her own involvement in constructing representations. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and will be receiving her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in June 2020.

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