Marion by Shu-Ju Wang


Shu-Ju Wang received a 2008 Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant to work one-on-one with four seniors suffering from various stages and forms of memory loss. She met with each senior over a period of several months. Together, they painted or editioned suites of Gocco prints. Then based on the work they did together, back in my studio, Shu-Ju designed and editioned a book. Each senior and her family received 7 copies of their book, and Shu-Ju retained 13.

When the project, as it was defined, came to an end, she decided to start Relay Replay Press, dedicated to working with seniors with dementia to create artist's books that illuminate the creative lives of the elderly. Of Marion, Shu-Ju tells us, "It took me a long time to figure out that Marion wanted to paint watercolors. Once I figured that out, she and I spent many wonderful afternoons chatting and painting. She returned again and again to the image of the meadow with trees, hills, and a sunset sky. I chose two to include in her book."

Artist Bio

Born and raised in Taiwan, and trained as an engineer, Shu-Ju Wang settled in Oregon after stays in Saudi Arabia, California, and New Jersey. In 2000, she left engineering to become a full time artist. With an immigrant’s eye, Shu-Ju paints a portrait of her sometimes wonderful, sometimes unsettling, first generation American life. Shu-Ju tells us, "With a few exceptions, my editioned artist's books are created with the Print Gocco and can be found at rare book collections and university libary collections throughout North America; they have also been featured in numerous publications. My work tends to be personal and intimate, and like everyone else's lives, that means things range from introspective to wacky to political indignation. And where I go, my books go."