Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Mixed media, watercolor, ink, color pencil, charcoal, BFK paper, Arcylic, Pastel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Ms. Le is currently working on her MFA, Master’s of Fine Arts. This will be her last semester here at CSULB, and she will be graduating in May.
She is a Vietnamese and her parents are refugees of the Vietnam War. She noticed that there isn’t much information about the Vietnam War in the history book she study in school. Therefore, in the exhibition, she wish to bring out more of the “truth” and more narrative of the Vietnam war – what her parents and relatives have gone through in the past.
This exhibition is very special for me. As I step in the gallery, the huge boat sculpture is eye catching, I took a step closer to look at the artist’s paintings, the art pieces do matches the story that was told by the artist.
There are many pieces that Ms. Le created, it comes in different sizes. The one that I like the most is the huge boat structure. Ms. Le told us that it looks better when the gallery’s doors are closed and lights are off, so she demonstrated it in front of us.
The shape of the piece is irregular. *There are boats are different sizes.
The colors of the art piece is mostly white.
The scale of the art pieces is huge.
The texture of the art piece is not smooth.
Ms Le is interested in her family’s story when they are migrating to United State. She feel that the first generation parent’s story are hardly known by the second generation like herself and therefore, she kinda “force” her parents to tell her more of their story when they came here. Thereby the story inspired her for the art pieces of this exhibition.
She wanted to knows more about the pain and struggle that her parents have experience but never shares. She wanted to use her art to represent and let others to understand more about the detail of the Vietnam War as we did not study in school.
I feel that Ms. Le ‘s urge to understand the histrory of her first generations parents is really great, as far as i know there are many students who parents were from another parts of the world, but they as their child have no idea about their parent’s story or even cultures.
I personally thinks that understanding your own culture i extremely important as it is an extra knowledge or skills that distinct you from one another, that is why the word “diversity” is so important, Universities are showing their data of International student on campus every semester on their Magazine, which shows it as a multicultural and diversity place. But for me, the place would not be called or identify as “diverse” if the people themselves have no idea about their own culture or even their mother tongue. We must always remember, without the first generation’s parents struggles, there would be no future for us.
Therefore, Ms. Le urge to understand about her parent’s story and pain, and more of her culture and narrative is amazing. 🙂