Yu-Wen Wu navigates themes of immigration and identity in exhibit at Praise Shadows Art Gallery

Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, September 23, 2021

Yu-Wen Wu’s glimmering drawing “A Silver Moon” overlooks “Internal Navigation,” her exhibition at Praise Shadows Art Gallery. “Between my lost home and a promised home,” its handwritten text reads, “the moon and my shadow were friends for twelve cycles.”


Immigration is this artist’s enduring theme. Wu came to the United States from Taiwan as a child. Before the family left, her grandmother sought answers from divinatory blocks shaped like crescent moons, asking, “Will we be safe and happy in America?” This show, spare and deep as a poem, is about losses and hopes. The luminous “Silver Moon” portrays an emblem of connection, seen from any place on Earth.

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