Nguyen Thi Chau Giang, Spring Blossoms, 2010, Pigments on silk, 88 x 74 cm. Price: US$ 6,100
Curator: Shireen Naziree
In HIDDEN FLOWERS Giang looks back to her Vietnamese artistic roots as she explores the formal issues of traditional silk painting. In constructing her visual narratives, Giang draws on sources both classic and contemporary as she mediates on the typical Vietnamese feminine archetype. Well versed in feminist theories that impact contemporary Vietnamese society, she resists infiltrating her work with the seduction of poetic embellishments as she circumvents typical romantic narratives commonly associated with Vietnamese silk painting.
Such restraint pays off in a body of work that comprises 16 paintings in which Giang explores the contradictions Vietnamese women endure within Vietnam's advancing contemporary social environment. All of these works explore the fragility of relationships and emotions with a sensitive eye, and they are engaging for that reason. But their formal deftness is also remarkable, as is the richness of their pictorial nuance, which amplifies the psychological interest of the works without drifting into melodrama.
Nguyen Thi Chau Giang is 35 years old and has participated in several exhibitions internationally, such as in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom and the USA, including a solo show at the Columbia University, New York. Her works are found in the museum collections of the Singapore Art Museum and the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Silk paintings originated in China, and a handful of Vietnamese artists have adopted the art form to produce compelling contemporary art works.
This is Giang's first solo exhibition of silk paintings, and her first solo show since 2004.