Experimental video/film, installation art and photography
Born in Hong Kong, Wu is a first-generation immigrant-settler who came to Canada in 1976 with her family, and became a Canadian citizen while growing up in Alberta. She attended undergraduate studies at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary (1990-1994). She completed her MFA degree from the School for the Contemporary Arts, at Simon Fraser University (1995-1998). Wu’s art explores personal narratives crossing borders between race, gender and representation. Her video work, and art installations have been shown locally as well as internationally in Calgary, Banff, Vancouver, Hong Kong, France and New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including New Canadian Video, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, USA (1994), Interferences, Multi-media and Digital Art Festival in Belfort, France (2000), Re-dress Express, Centre A, Vancouver (2007),
The Hummingbird Studies come from a series of bird study portraits I created in 2020-2021. During the year-long lockdown in 2020, I began to focus on the small things in life by taking nature walks, every day I looked out my window and appreciated the birds fluttering around in my backyard garden.
As a visual artist, and photographer, I was drawn in by the birds and their habits. I studied their movements, the chaotic and restful moments, where birds simply sit on their branches, those were the most calming and meditative moments. These intimate portraits of the tiny hummingbirds fascinated me, their thoughtful poses, their colourful feathers flashed in the light, and I was able to capture them in a still quiet moment of reflection despite their busy fairy-like wings fluttering about in their quest for sweet nectar.