Cathy Lu (b. 1984, Miami, United States) is a ceramics based artist who manipulates traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct the assumptions we have about Chinese American identity and cultural authenticity. Whether it be the hand-built quality of porcelain security barricades or the effect of various glazes and lusters on slip-cast fruits, Lu emphasizes the malleability of clay. In its many forms, ceramic becomes a potent metaphor for the elastic and evolving nature of cultural identity.


Lu received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BA & BFA from Tufts University. She has participated in artist in residence programs at Root Division SF, Recology SF, and The Archie Bray, MT. Her work has been exhibited at Aggregate Space, Berkeley Art Center, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and / Slash Art, SF. She was a 2019 Asian Cultural Council / Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation Fellow.