Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in a series of small American towns, Ku invokes both Eastern and Western traditions in her drawings. Ku combines remarkably smooth draftsmanship and meticulous detail with idiosyncratic, discomforting ideas that blur the line between humor and harm, betwixt imagination and reality.
Ku’s work is inspired by the negative residues of human culture, such as violence and social failures. Much of her art depicts children, often locked into combat, who show no emotion as they act out brutal allegories of socialization. Elegant patterns and beautifully rendered figures contrast with the macabre subject matter.
Ku received an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute and a B.A. from Bennington College. Since 2005, she has had six solo or dual shows and more than 20 group exhibitions. Ku has been the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, an A.I.R. Emerging Artist Fellowship and a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.