Ju Ju

Drowning in Beauty, 2024, acrylic and collage on canvas, 20” X 20”

Fear of A Thousand Legs, 2024, acrylic and collage on canvas, 72” X 36”

Unveiling the Mask, 2022-2024, acrylic and collage on canvas, 96” X 48”

Ju Ju

[BFA] Studio Art – Painting

My work explores my fears and dreams as they relate to my identity. I use density and pattern in ways that I find alluring. My subjects can range from insects that I fear or symbolic things that represent my hopes and dreams. With inspiration drawn from artists known for their use of patterns including Yayoi Kusama, Ayako Miyawaki and Howardena Pindell, I’ve embraced density through webbing and paper collage while also responding to patterns as they appear in textiles in my culture. I am part of an ethnic group known as the Karen (Kuh-Ren). We come from many refugee camps near the border of Thailand and our traditional clothes are made through hand weaving that creates a particular visual identity that can be easily recognized. By embracing dense patterns through webbing, paper collage, and sparkling rhinestones, I hope to captivate and attract viewers to my work.


Ju Ju is completing a BFA in Studio Art with an option in painting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an expected graduation in May 2024.  She was born in Thailand and grew up Omaha, Nebraska. Her work has been exhibited in UNL’s MEDICI Gallery and Eisentrager-Howard Gallery. Ju Ju’s honor includes the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Deans’ List. Her paintings will be displayed in the Capstone Exhibition in UNL’s Eisentrager-Howard Gallery.