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Wu ’12 Transforms Liquid Paint into Sculpture for Solo Exhibit

Acclaimed artist Jen Wu ’12, who was recently featured by the National Art Gallery, prepares for two solo exhibits.  

Jen Wu’s art is a fusion of sculpture and painting. With latex paint as her medium, Wu transforms liquid into sculpture by coating several layers of paint, then cutting the dry paint to reveal the layers underneath.

After two years of postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu’s anticipated solo exhibition will be featured at the Buchanan Partner Gallery at Hylton Performing Art Center in Manassas, Va. from Feb. 22- April 3.  

In July 2022, she will have another solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Wu served as the 2018 – 2022 Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow. Wu’s unique approach to sculpture has catapulted her into the national spotlight. Last summer, the National Gallery of Art featured Wu in a video, which details her artistic process and how she has developed her voice as an artist.

In the video, Wu explains that her artistry has changed over the years. “Early on, I was learning more traditional ways of painting and drawing,” says Wu. “I was painting still-life and landscape paintings in a very traditional manner. Eventually, I realized there is not enough me in there.”

Later on, Wu got rid of all her painting supplies and began to work with anything she could get her hands on, from gorilla glue to broken computer parts. Experimentation, Wu says, helped her find the “perfect combination.” “Where art, geometry, math and the hands-on experience of making objects all combine together,” she says.

Wu graduated with her B.A. in studio art and architecture. She earned her M.F.A. in studio art from American University. She is an adjunct professor at American University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Denise Bibro Fine Art, Katzen Museum and Huntington Museum of Art. In addition to participating in artist-in-residence programs across the country, Wu has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.