Karlie Wu is an artist based in Glasgow, loosely exploring themes of nostalgia and cultural identity. Wu’s interest in nostalgia primarily stems from the stories, folk tales and reminisces of older relatives – her ‘inherited memory’ – and own interactions with Kat O, a near abandoned island between the north east of Hong Kong and China which her paternal family emigrated from. Additionally, Hong Kong’s inextricable connection to British colonialism coupled with her own Scottish background is connected to her navigation of the term ‘cultural identity’: what it means to be Scottish, Chinese and British Chinese. Experimenting with documentary like photographs, drawings of unassuming interiors and objects, to paintings suggestive of fond memories, Wu continues to observe, probe and presents to us a glimmer of what it might mean to be Scottish, and growing up as a second generation Chinese immigrant.
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