MFA Portfolio Critique

This video provides a critique of an MFA art school portfolio, starting with an overview of the portfolio, followed by critiques for each individual artwork.

Topics discussed include aspects of the entire portfolio and if artworks are working well, and recommends concrete strategies for how to make progress.

Critique led by Art Prof Clara Lieu, portfolio by Kirk Wu.

Featured Artist

Kirk Wu

“I am a painter, printmaker, and illustrator. As an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, I love being at the mercy of the mediums I use. My subject matters often explore the odd and surreal with work that gravitates towards the uncanny.

Finding comfort within strangeness, I seek to explore concepts involving both grounded and otherworldly. My approach to these concepts is through the balance of reality and abstraction. Through mark-making and unconventional ideas I capture my own sliver of truth.

I want viewers to connect with my experience and welcome the strangeness they identify with. Most of my life I have felt disconnected. It stems from being queer in a religious household, struggling with chronic illness yet outwardly appearing healthy, and being of mixed race yet outwardly appearing white.

Now I proudly acknowledge my own dualities and hope that others will also find acceptance of their oddities in my embrace.

As an artist, I have found the concepts that excited and motivated me to create. My goal in pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Studio art is to expand upon my ideas and create a cohesive body of work with the guidance of a creative community.

What I am hoping to gain through a portfolio review is guidance on how well my pieces fit my artist statement and goals. I have also been worried about cohesiveness, consistency in style has been something that I have always struggled with.

I am currently finishing up my BFA in illustration, which also means a lot of my work has been illustration focused instead of towards fine art.”

Kirk Wu
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