Cutting Onions Always Makes Me Cry

Julie Lluch1988

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

This work shows a woman crying as she cuts up onions. Why is she crying? There must be something in the social environment that makes her -- an alter ego of the artist herself -- cry. The artist's interest lies in recreating the reality of women as they suffer from customs and systems in a male dominated society.
All of the parts in this work, including the woman, chicken, eggs and vegetables are made of ceramics. Ceramics has historically been separated from fine art and categorized as crafts, similarly to the positioning of women. By taking ceramics into the context of contemporary art, the role and status of ceramics are also being reinstated.


  • Title: Cutting Onions Always Makes Me Cry
  • Creator: Julie Lluch
  • Date: 1988
  • Physical Dimensions: w140 x h72.8 x d83.5 cm
  • Type: acrylic on ceramics

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