Tammy NguyenInstallation Art Exhibition
Artist Tammy Nguyen’s solo exhibition “My Diary from that Battle of 10,000 Ships”, opened last Monday in L’Usine. It’s the kind of art show that leaves you emotionally pleased and visually fed.
Tammy Nguyen, born in 1984, the creative produce of Cooper Union School of Art in New York. A Fulbright Grant brought her to Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 for further study in arts.
Her current exhibition boasts a body of installation works that invite the viewers into the artist’s imagined world of battle ships, of struggles and wounds, and an incredible perspective on human vulnerability and tenacity. Created with paper and silk, thread and ink, the artworks suggest sensational contradictions in details. Thick ink brushes are overlaid by thin stitched thread. Strong shapes and figures, including pincers, wounded bodies, and hands clutching knives, rest within wooden altars, the spiritual refuge.
According to Tammy, experimentation with material, such as cement and silk, is her search for balance between power and sensuality. From what my eyes can see, she is navigating that delicate balance superbly.
“My Diary from that Battle of 10,000 Ships” is organized by San Art, a Ho Chi Minh -based independent art space operating to promote, cultivate and showcase contemporary art locally and internationally.
Drop into L’Usine and see these provocative works in the flesh, exhibition runs from October 18 to November 18.
L’Usine 151/1 Dong Khoi Street, Dist 1, HCMC
Words: Chi Mai
Photos: Fred Wissink