Artist Statement


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While my work shares insight into my personal life experiences, it also communicates the messages that have found their rhythms in the human experience to remind us that there is nothing new under the sun. Drawn from intimate experiences of heartache and triumph, of struggle and perseverance, and of loss and fulfillment, my paintings strive to comfort and share the Faith that has fostered me during these times.

My current work embraces my heritage and aims to excavate my roots and the path which my ancestors have paved to allow me to be where I am and who I am. Through traditional imagery and symbolism, in both abstract and literal representations, I seek to clarify the connection I have to my ancestors, the world from which they came, and how this has molded the way I view the world around me. As a second generation Vietnamese American, art has become the valuable tool that has granted me the chance to live the immigrant experience vicariously through the elders, allowing me to interpret these stories through my own ears, eyes and hands.

Through the creative process, I am able to adopt both the joys and the hardships experienced through their stories, rewrite them as true tales of triumph, also a reminder that out of tragedy is ever born the blessings that we might have never been able to predict could or would come.

I pay respect to the details in the work as I hope to do in life. The often overlooked details in my work are brought to attention by my efforts to be more conscious and more perceptive of those things that go unnoticed, those things that we take for granted, and those quiet moments when the profundity of Life can speak so clearly to us. These works also speak on the healing that occurs on a human and universal level, while we wade through the circumstances of life, striving to find meaning and look to the passage of time to mend all things.

Art is the channel through which I connect my spiritual to my earthly existence to tell the stories that we might all share. For me, it has made the intangible tangible and the unseen visible, and at times, offers comfort in the seemingly unbearable. It is my form of study and of prayer, and through my work, I share my journey through this trying and blessèd life.