Michelle Nguyen. Water Features
In 2018, we were delighted to visit the studio of talented Vancouver artist, Michelle Nguyen. As we wandered from one work in progress to another, we couldn’t help but be curious about the stories behind her rich cast of characters in their vibrant surroundings.
But, as Nguyen explained: “I guess I’m just thinking about composition when I’m arranging the characters. I’m not interested in creating a narrative, but I do love how my work gives people the ability to imagine that on their own.” The figures appear,” she explained later. “It’s like seeing a figure approach you from the dark.”
How exciting that Nguyen now has her fourth exhibit with the Bau-Xi Gallery: ‘Water Features’.
The exhibit, we read, ‘uses human and animal bodies in varying states to explore notions of identity, existence, historical erasure and ecological grief. Her canvases are populated by elegant, humorous or even grotesque figures, in conjunction with carefully selected vegetation and objects – all often iterations of classical motifs – that appear to be part dream, part nightmare, struggling with the dissolution of self.’
Water Feature I
Water Feature (Hydra)
Water Features is scheduled to run at Vancouver’s Bau-Xi Gallery until October 30th.
Header: Water Feature III