Lana Chu is an artist who has been living in Carrboro, N.C. since 2017. She doesn’t like to label herself because she enjoys experimenting and working with different mediums including encaustic, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media, and blown and flameworked glass.
Lana has been creating things since she was a young child, and fell in love with glass work while living in Italy as a child. She got distracted along the way by a career in Clinical Research as a Nutritionist but always missed the creative side of her. After taking a flameworked glass class in 2006 there was no going back. Lana established GinkgoGlass Studios in Memphis, Tennessee soon thereafter, a teaching facility and private studio for flameworked glass.
Lana has a Masters degree in Nutrition and is a self taught artist. Her recent paintings are created intuitively letting the painting process guide her to choose shapes which represent real or imaginary things. She enjoys adding many layers to each painting, so what you see on the surface is only a hint of what lies beneath including writing, paper, or other images. Her still lifes with imaginary flowers look like they may have come from another world.
Current projects include a series of daily paintings on paper from unwrapped recycled tea bags. Emotions are assigned a color and the paintings are created based on emotions from each day.
Lana is passionate about her practice of art journaling every day in her Hobonichi Techo which is a Japanese dated notebook containing Tomoe River paper, known for its ability to accept all water based media despite being very thin. She is the founder of the Cafe Journaling group in Chapel Hill.