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Daily Dose of Jazz: Su-Li Hung

Hello readers. Today is the last day of the 2012 DC Jazz Festival. Consequently, today is our last Daily Dose of Jazz post, featuring NY-based artist Su-Li Hung.  Hung is a painter, printmaker, poet, who was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1947 and currently lives in New York. She studied at National Taiwan U., the Art Students League, and the National Academy. She is currently a member of Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), where she serves as a council member. Author of twenty-three books of essays and poetry published in Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Hung explores both writing and printmaking, and often pairs them together. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and Taiwan.

Hung has received numerous awards, including Gold Medal Prize of Honor in Graphics, Audubon Artists; Certificates of Merit and Achievement The Print Club of Albany; United Daily News, Literature Prize, Taiwan; Best Essay of the Year, China Times Literature Prize, Silvermine Guild Print, 2nd place award, Boston Printmaker award.

Reflecting on her first print, Hung writes, “Carving on the wood board, my first woodcut, 1970, a dead butterfly, monarch, trembling black line to shape the delicate butterfly, delicate, yet still having the strength of struggling life, a broken breath. I called my first woodcut “On the Wings of Music.” 30 years later, I have made over 300 pieces of woodcut, still feel like I am doing my first cutting of the wood board, still feel under the shadow of the monarch, flapping its crossing country migrating wings, delicate, yet full of strength, indefinite, yet determined.”

Saxophone. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 2007. Inscribed “1/50.”

For more prints by Su-Li Hung, visit our gallery in Georgetown or our website. For past Daily Dose of Jazz posts, click here.

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