Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Water color paintings, Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
The artist that I spoke with this week was Tiffany Le. Tiffany Le is a student here at Long Beach and she is in the process of getting her master’s degree. Le’s family is from Vietnam and were apart of the refugees who left Vietnam on boats. Although she is from a large Vietnam community here in the united states, she does not know much about her Vietnam culture and uses her art as a way to express the Vietnam culture that she continues to strive and learn about.
Le’s art basically demonstrates her family’s experience as refugees. With her illustrations, she uses paper and water color paintings. Some centerpieces are either relief-printed or drawn illustrations. She uses very dark colors and what I noticed is that in some of her pieces they main colors are gloomy like primarily black and white and then she adds a bit of color and it somewhat contrast’s the black and white so that you can really focus on the color portion. She uses many shades of black and white and grey and the turn out is wonderful. It all just looks beautifully designed. The texture of her work looks so smooth and really draws in the audience’s attention.
In Le’s exhibition, you really get a great idea of the Vietnam refugees’ experience during their journey of traveling by observing her art pieces. Le’s work is based off of what her family has told her about their experience and she uses those stories in her art. She wanted to portray these experiences because most of them are not talked about and many people have forgotten what most Vietnam refugees had to go through being on all of those boats. Le explains that the boats are not only symbolized as those experiences, but they also symbolize the change, moments, and decisions that has shaped the identify of her generation.
I found Le’s work amazing and very inspiration. I also learned a lot by viewing them. She is inspiring because she uses her work to teach and insure others about a certain Vietnam experience. Although those experiences are not her own, she still manages to tell great stories in her art pieces. You can really tell that she is passionate about her cultural history and background and that is also inspiring as well. She focuses on something that not many people focus on and does it beautifully. I would definitely like to see more of what she will do in the future.