Image of Leave it Behind by Emily Lau
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Leave it Behind by Emily Lau



Oil on Canvas with Embroidery
45cm x 90cm (17.7in x 35.4in)

A lone figure in the distance sits languorous while an intertwined pair of hands reaches out. This is a rare, personal subject matter for Emily Lau: the unpredictability of relationships and our inherent nature to make endeavors that are unobtainable from the outset.

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.