Fairy Tales Retold

June 17, 2008 - August 30, 2008
Central Library, Youth Wing
Fairy Tales Retold
by Fay Ku

As an immigrant, I grew up hearing stories from my native Chinese culture. Aside from my parents' cooking and language, that was my only contact with that way of life. So, I understood from a very young age that myths and folklores presented different ways of understanding the world. As an artist, my work is shaped by all that I have read and heard. It is also a visual representation of what myths and fairy tales accomplish-it becomes something mysterious, yet familiar, and something understood, yet unknown.

This exhibition presents works on paper done with the simplest of materials: pencil, paper, and a little watercolor or ink. While not direct illustrations, the images are inspired by myths, fairy tales and ghost stories of various cultures.

BPL Exhibition, Fay KuFay Ku most recently featured her work in a group show at Galerie SAW Gallery in Ontario, Canada. Other recent exhibitions include solo shows at Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles and Kips Gallery in New York. She has received numerous awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2007, and has taken many residencies, including one at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2008. She has taught art history in Pratt Institute's Pre-College Program and studio art in New York City public schools. She earned a M.F.A in studio art and a M.S. in art history from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She earned a B.A. in visual arts and literature from Bennington College in Vermont.


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