I came to Singapore when I was 16 to become an oversea student as a very early age. It was a huge risk for me but the independently ability I gained is un-match. As an International Baccalaureate (IB)’s student I have developed the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. I have increased adaptability and mobility during the IB course.
Throughout eye year of IB, taking art was one of my biggest decisions. Art has change the way I see things as well as living. Learning art is not how to draw beauty but to make people see the beauty through my eye.
My artwork takes a critical insight of the social issues, politics and culture in Vietnam. When people see my works, I’d like them to see the beauty in culture and the corruption of politics in Vietnam. There are many restrictions on what artists can draw back in my home town since it is controlling by Communist Party. But after coming to Singapore, those rules are not affecting me anymore.
I can use most of common paint media and I love working with watercolor the most. It remind me my truth self. When an idea came into my head was very easy to fade away. Because of that I begin my work very fast and watercolor is the best media for it. Not even that, I really love the transparency of watercolor. I always begin a piece by layering order of the pigments and I have more confident working that way. Cerulean blue hue, crimson and eggshell-white are my favorite colors. When my work is going well which these colors, I am filled with a sense of dream-like, suggests notions of calmness and safety as well as warmness inside my work. It also provides clues to content and felling in that piece. I was born in a romantic country so there will be some romantic element in my works.
My influences are come from first and beauty in everything I see, feel and experience. I also love American’s comic books particularly DC and Marvel style. The artists I most admire are Paul Klee- a musical artist from the early 1900’s and bold and colorful artist- Courtney Loceff from the modern day. I really like the way they express their emotion.
My passion toward art grows as I stated to learn architecture. This is why the Extended Essay which I done during my IB course was about architecture in my home town-Vietnam. I have learned that by looking at architecture in particular country, I can see their identity and the culture of particular country.