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Following a Creative Path: Art & Mental Illness with Artist Nicole Lau

This week, The Works member and artist Nicole Lau is joining me to talk about her journey as an artist and how she's been able to break through her mental health struggles to create a thriving art practice.

Nicole Lau (b.1992) is a Canada-born Chinese artist currently living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. As an early career artist established in 2021, Nicole works between Chinese brush and Western oil painting techniques, heavily influenced by her mentors. She is a grant recipient of the 2022 Research and Creation award and 2022 Professional Development award through The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2022, Lau held her solo exhibition “Home Kong” at Matchstick Davie, and participated in a group exhibition titled “Together” at the National Housing Conference in Vancouver, BC. In 2023, Lau will be a part of a group exhibition titled “The Body: Object, Product, Agency” in New York City, NY.

Nicole’s practice informs her of her own personal dystopia as she navigates this world with a diagnosis of borderline personality and bipolar disorder. Nicole investigates contemporary issues that involve the acculturation of Chinese immigrants, understanding her internal landscape, and celebrating her history and Chinese identity as a Canadian artist.


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