Image of Invasion by Emily Lau

Invasion by Emily Lau



Oil on Canvas
60cm x 80cm (23.6in x 31.5in)

This painting is the latest in the "food series" by Emily Lau (see Re-Landing of the Donutian, Watch Out! It's Creamy, Coffee Time, and Fats Free). Always charming, witty and slightly perplexing, the "food series" is about our uncontrollable urges for sweet things, all featuring looming landscapes made up of sweets. Here, the buildup of sweets is used as a symbol for crass commercialism in our brand-obsessed and entertainment-obsessed era — a major theme running through Emily's body of work. The figures are small and compliantly lined up in a row, painted in black to show the lack of individualism in urban lifestyles and to emphasize the fragility of human nature.

About the artist:

Born in 1979, Emily Lau is an artist from Hong Kong. Emily graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Increasingly celebrated for her wit, her works satirically depict cheerful scenes that are perplexing yet humorous that we face in our daily lives, finding charms in our weakness in an ironically bright tone. A major theme in her work is the loneliness of urban lifestyle. Viewers can be easily engrossed in her youthful dreamscapes, complete with shadowy figures painted in black, which embody the personal isolation and lack of individualism experienced by city dwellers. The figures hint at our feelings of displacement and feebleness, at the same time they remind us to be strong and humble. Emily is currently based in Caen, France.