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Artist Category: Adult 19+


Amy Wiebe Lau is a Vancouver-based contemporary abstract expressionist who creates dynamic and expressive compositions inspired by the natural beauty of landscapes. As a doctoral candidate, Amy’s research interests lie at the intersection of art and social justice, with a focus on the role of contemporary art in decolonization and reconciliation. Her work is deeply influenced by her personal experiences as a person of Asian descent. Amy is committed to creating beautiful and meaningful art that captures the essence of the natural world.

Artist Statement

My artwork aims to bring attention to the ongoing struggles of women of colour in the workplace, particularly the obstacles and barriers that hinder their advancement to leadership positions. This ladder represents the systemic barriers and the legacy of colonialism that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour have had to navigate to succeed in their careers.

The glass ceiling in my artwork represents the obstacles women face in pursuing professional success. However, the concrete ceiling represents additional challenges and barriers women of colour face due to systemic racism and discrimination. This invisible barrier often goes unrecognized and unaddressed, further hindering the advancement of women of colour in the workplace.

I aim to use my artwork to bring attention to the intersectionality of race and gender, as outlined by Crenshaw (1991), and to highlight the unique challenges that women of colour face in breaking through the concrete ceiling.

I strongly believe that art has the power to provoke thought and initiate social change. I’m committed to using my artistic platform to raise awareness of these critical issues. I hope to spark conversations around the theme of diversity and anti-racism and inspire people to take action toward building more equitable and inclusive workplaces.



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