What are the qualities that make a person, an object, a setting, or an experience glamorous? What is it that creates that pleasurable pang of desire—the feeling of “if only”? If only I could wear those clothes, belong to that group, drive that car, live in that house, be (or be with) that person? By embodying the promise of a different and better self in upbeat circumstances, glamour stokes ambition and nurtures hope, even as it fosters sometimes-dangerous illusions. These are the themes that Amber Lu seeks to compose and examine in her art.
Amber’s outlandish handbags and other hyper-real symbols of high fashion are a commentary about the fuzzy line between glitz and glamour. A pair of colourless stilettos set against a psychedelic backdrop suggests the efforts at representing ourselves distinctly through fashion results in mass convergence rather than differentiation.
Glamour is a seductive cultural force. Its magic stretches beyond the stereotypical spheres of fashion or film, influencing our decisions about what to buy, where to live; it has become much more than just style or a personal quality but a phenomenon that reveals our inner lives and shapes our decisions, large and small.