Lucy Liu shares her art in a new book
October 25th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Lucy Liu shares her art in a new book

Lucy Liu is well-known for her roles in Hollywood, but fans may not know that she's been creating other types of art for years.

The actress has a new book titled "Lucy Liu: Seventy Two" which features her black and white paintings. She said she was inspired by a chart containing a graph of Aramaic letters and her fascination with how the energy of those letters could create something.

"Each square of the chart has a significance which relates to the meditation of prosperity, healing , unity, things like that," she said. "As an art book you can flip through it and then if you want to go deeper, you can go in the back and for each painting there's a meditation and you can read that as well."

Liu wrote the meditations herself, which may surprise some fans who don't know her history of both creativity and knowledge of Eastern philosophy.

She said she started being more creative at the age of 13, doing collages before moving on to photography and eventually painting and sculpting. Her art can incorporate anything, including items she may find on the streets of New York City.

"I think it's always really fascinating," Liu said. "It shows a little bit of history of that area. If there was a party down the street, you see old balloons, pieces of a party favor, stuff like that."

Liu, who has a showing of her work right now in London, said writing the meditations for her book were challenging, as she didn't want to come off as "didactic or someone who knows it all." She said she knows many people who consider themselves more "spiritual" and "religious" and who are active with prayer or meditation.

"There is actually something quite incredible about someone who believes something and can actually manifest that in their lives," Liu said.

The actress is now in Los Angeles, where she will be joining the fourth season of the TNT police series "Southland." No matter where her acting career takes her, Liu is sure to continue her passion for creating.

"Art is just an ability to work through the struggle, it's never a finished product," she said. "I think the beauty of that is that you are on a constant journey."

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  6. jujubeans

    I'll only buy it if it has a nude self-portrait ( . )( . ) ( v )

    October 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rock

    What I wouldnt give to touch her in a manly way...omg
    Lucy – please call me – Snookie and I are only seeing each other every other day and she is starting to annoy me with her weight gain. You are perfect.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Simon Daigle

    She's a good artist. It's a shame her book is 300 plus dollars. The masses won't be able to purchase it

    October 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down


    October 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. comment

    i love her! just saying.

    October 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D-ROD

    Why are the negativity and races remarks. Get a life. In my opinion she is a talented and creative and beautiful inside and out. She loves what she does and I am NOT HATING on her. You go Girl. God Bless!

    October 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chomp Man Dung

    She rugree and srell rike ole troiluht. *FRUSH* her aray or I kick her rin ass agrain tomahwoh.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Juliet

    I know she has it inside. Am inspired.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rhoy Mann

    @Coolbreeze?More like hot air,swaty wanna be a playa lmao

    October 26, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Coolbreeze

    Charlene...jesus. Waiting all night for you babe. Im getting jealous..

    October 26, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  16. Coolbreeze

    Wendy...where have you been alll my life?

    October 26, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  17. wendy

    Demon tentacle,that was teeth shivering cold.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. demon tentacle

    uninspired artwork is uninspiring. I love Lucy to death. Incredibly awesome person. Her artwork however would go straight in a trash can in any other situation. Possibly placed on a refrigerator held on by a pizza hut magnet if it were your childs artwork from school. Before you ask. Yes I can and often do produce better artwork with ease. So do millions of other artists.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Coolbreeze

    Peace...just responded to you on the "While you were working blog".

    October 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Peace

    Ummmm...I think I can hear the romantic music playing in the background! LOL!

    October 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Coolbreeze

    Ok, I will look for you.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. charlene

    I'll be around! Nite!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Coolbreeze

    Night babe...maybe tomorrow night?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. charlene

    Hold that thought. I have to go. Talk to ya again soon!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Coolbreeze

    Sounds fantastic. How about a massage and a late night dinner? I will cook for you, I might even clean the dishes if you are nice.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. charlene

    Ha ha ha! Scared off some people!! How about a box of choc covered strawberries? Yum!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Coolbreeze

    Thank you Brennan.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. brennan malcolm

    this is a little creapy conversation so i will b leaveing now

    October 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Coolbreeze

    I will bring my own beverage and some flowers. How's that?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. charlene

    If you want to call "60's" warm. Ha ha. To me it's perfect fall weather! I got a bottle of wine chilling 4o come on over

    October 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Coolbreeze

    Must be warm where you are. I'm on my way.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. charlene

    Oh I am just fine! Relaxing outside and reading the news

    October 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Coolbreeze

    Yes I do Charlene. I'm paying attention!!! How are you tonight?

    October 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. charlene

    @Coolbreeze – remember me? 😉

    October 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Coolbreeze

    This article is a bit slanted.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray ray

      I bet she is mexican wetback and slipped in while Clinton was in charge.

      October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  36. Cho Quan

    She berry berry cute.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • hop sing

      Day shuh caw huh rucy runratic. She cracee. Awl rime at resuhrahn she srell rike doo doo.

      October 26, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  37. ProperVillain

    ...and in lofts and art studios all over the world, people who have devoted their lives to their craft weep in frustration (myself included).

    Must be nice to be a celebrity and have the pull to get a bunch of meaningless brush strokes published and shown as "art". Why did I bother going to art school again?

    October 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Bill O'Rielly

    Imagine that an over achieving Asian.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProperVillain

      I don't know about "over acheiving", especially when it comes to her "art". Her "work" looks like what I do when I'm testing out a new brush or ink pen BEFORE the actual illustrations start.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      Isnt she an American?

      October 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |

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