Cat Sup

Su Su


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Often referencing American pop culture and her Chinese background, Su Su’s work explores personal reminiscence, cultural anxiety, and societal deconstruction under globalization. Su Su’s view of global cultural distortion is reflected in the unconventional use of media and an experimental technique the artist has created of extruding oil paint via a medical syringe onto and through a porous synthetic fabric. The technique creates warped topographies of imagery resurfaced on the other side of the “canvas.” Her new Extrusion painting series illuminates how the mass media imagery of China and the United States is endlessly recycled and mixed, forced through a screen not unlike the extrusion process until it becomes something new and unique - a jittery beautiful hybrid.

  • 2018

  • Signed

  • The tile "Cat Sup" is from the ketchup name which originally adapted from a Chinese tomato sauce recipe. I was introduced to ketchup through fast food in the '90s in China. They came in the little packs as a Burger sauce. It was the "classic" sauce that accompanied with popular American foods. I liked them so much I would put them on rice or Chinese meals at home. Later on, I refreshed my idea of ketchup after I moved to Pittsburgh. It turns out ketchup's origins are anything but American. Ketchup comes from the Hokkien Chinese word, kê-tsiap, the name of a sauce derived from fermented fish. It is believed that traders brought fish sauce from Vietnam to southeastern China. Even though this was certainly not the same Heinz ketchup we would recognize today, the popularity of Heinz's Ketchup created a famous tomato sauce globally. It reflects an interesting cultural exchange in our time

oil on synthetic fabric, 18" x 18"

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