Maria Lau

Biography

Maria Lau conceives her artwork through an exploration in identity. Her experiential method of creating art focuses on the interrelation of Eastern and Western culture, based on her Cuban-Chinese heritage. Her artwork embodies a fusion of cultures, history, and personal narrative using photography as the major medium.

Originally a student of history at The City University of New York, Lau began using photography as a means of documentation and visually writing history. She continued her studies at The International Center of Photography, and expanded her academic investigations into fine art documentary and storytelling- referencing history, memory, and dream states.

Lau has a layering style that invites the viewer into multiple insights of each piece. Many of her layered photographs were created using in-camera exposures- inviting the element of chance into the framework. Her use of infrared film scientifically executes a stylized alternative dream state. Manipulating seen and unseen light; the black and white photographs record a grainy pattern reminiscent of Pointillism; in contrast  to the color infrared photography as a saturated hyper reality.

Her recent works are influenced by Buddhist teachers and the experiential application of those teachings reflected in everyday life. Ms. Lau is an advisory board member at The Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University and her work can be found in private and permanent collections.

Biography

Maria Lau conceives her artwork through an exploration in identity. Her experiential method of creating art focuses on the interrelation of Eastern and Western culture, based on her Cuban-Chinese heritage. Her artwork embodies a fusion of cultures, history, and personal narrative using photography as the major medium.

Originally a student of history at The City University of New York, Lau began using photography as a means of documentation and visually writing history. She continued her studies at The International Center of Photography, and expanded her academic investigations into fine art documentary and storytelling- referencing history, memory, and dream states.

Lau has a layering style that invites the viewer into multiple insights of each piece. Many of her layered photographs were created using in-camera exposures- inviting the element of chance into the framework. Her use of infrared film scientifically executes a stylized alternative dream state. Manipulating seen and unseen light; the black and white photographs record a grainy pattern reminiscent of Pointillism; in contrast  to the color infrared photography as a saturated hyper reality.

Her recent works are influenced by Buddhist teachers and the experiential application of those teachings reflected in everyday life. Ms. Lau is an advisory board member at The Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University and her work can be found in private and permanent collections.