From February 7-28, 2020 New City Arts presents Constructions, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by Phuong Duyen Nguyen. Phuong is the current New City Artist-in-Residence.
MEET PHUONG DUYEN NGUYEN
Phuong Duyen Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and immigrated to the US with her family in 2006. She graduated from UVa in 2015 with a degree in Art History and Studio Art, concentrating in Painting and Printmaking. She works and lives in Charlottesville with a modest collection of house plants.
Phuong’s experiences as an immigrant are traumatic; the scope of which she did not fully grasp until recent years. Oftentimes, she feels stuck between Vietnamese and American cultures, with two different sets of identities and expectations. Her small, abstract works grow out of fragmented memories and emotions that she carries inside. They are the artifacts of her attempts to reconcile her conflicting personal cultural identities. Abstraction is a tool to process Phuong’s memories and traumas - a formal construct upon which she restructures her stories. It is an act of obscuring the painful details, distilling the most beautiful aspects, and transforming them into tangible objects.
Artwork image courtesy of the artist.
This Welcome Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception is supported by an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, sponsored by Splendora's Gelato, and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.
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