In Profile Picture, artist Lau Wai carefully painted a portion of Japanese anime character Tetsuwan Atomu onto a reproduction of her childhood portrait. Lau’s blurred, three-year-old self becomes a bold, strong superhero by virtue of the flexing, sleek arms and torso painted onto the photo’s surface. The contrast between the blurred, meek portrait and the crisp, powerful character is striking. Commenting on the global popularity of anime, the uniquely Asian roots of this art form, and the influence of those cartoons on her perception of self, Lau’s engaging work is multilayered.


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Artist
Lau Wai, Chinese, born 1982
Title
Profile Picture (Tetsuwan Atomu)
Date
2017
Medium
Inkjet print with applied acrylic
Dimensions
Sheet: 47 × 37 in. (119.4 × 94 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Photo Forum 2018

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
LL 20 PUBLIC CORRIDOR
Accession Number
2018.193
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist, Hong Kong; purchased by MFAH, 2018.