Catherine Liu lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her art, “Waiting” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in ninth grade attending Julia Reynolds Masterman School.
Catherine’s favorite pastime is probably art, but she also enjoys dancing. She takes traditional Chinese dance classes from her teacher Ji Lan Wei, who is actually the wife of her art teacher!
She really enjoys creating art, and has been since before she can remember. The person that really introduced her to art was her art teacher, Wang Zong Zhou, an artist from China. Most of his works embrace Chinese culture, which inspired her to create “Waiting”. Throughout her life, she has traveled to China many times, and her mother took her to many different provinces, each with its own rich culture and history. The rural areas of these provinces were all very cultural and much less modern than the cities. However, as times are changing fast, many young people from the countryside go out to find jobs in the city. As a result, the older villagers are left alone in the countryside, as their children go off to work. “Waiting” captures the expression of an aged woman waiting for her children to return home from working in the city.
Catherine really enjoys art, so she wants to go into a field related to art. She has considered many things growing up, such as engineering or medicine, but none of them really suited her. She is really drifting towards design, although she is still unsure about the specifics. Getting selected as a top ten winner really encourages her, because that means she’s getting closer to what she wants to do in the future, even if it is a small step.