Kathy Liu’s art practice explores imaginative perception and its relationship with the aspects of art making. Her paintings have hints of narrative with ‘potential images’ that need the viewers’ imagination to be fully activated. Working intuitively, Liu embraces the unknown. Her paintings often emerge without a premeditated concept, allowing the narrative to occur during the process. The chance interplay of colour, gesture and mark making opens the limits of imaginative perception. The discovery of potential images often relates to psychological states, memories and experiences. Liu values the unstable nature of these potential images. Her works are often in an ambiguous status between the desire for disclosure and the temptation of the void. They are merely suggestive and depend on the viewers for their full realisation. The viewers then get to engage in the active and subjective nature of seeing.
Liu has been a finalist in art prizes including the Waverley Art Prize (2021, 2022), Calleen Art Prize (2018), Mosman Art Prize (2016), and more. She was given an honourable mention in the Noel Chettle Memorial Art Prize in 2016.