About the Artwork:
The Year of the Ox is a period for patient and steady work, for deliberate and devoted effort to plow and sow what we wish to harvest. The Ox is celebrated as an earthy builder, a grower of seeds and intentions. At DVAN we channel that ethic and energy, forming solid structures and moving toward a future that feels inspired and assured for diasporic Vietnamese voices and stories. In 2021, we submitted paperwork to gain status as a non-profit organization. To celebrate the Year of the Ox, artists Matt Huynh and Christine Nguyen created these unique prints specially for DVAN, their unique interpretations of that Ox spirit.
About the Artist:
Christine Nguyen was born and raised in California and currently resides in Denver, Colorado and also works in Long Beach, California. She is a lover of animals, plants, and nature. She received her B.F.A from California State University, Long Beach and M.F.A from University of California, Irvine. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Hammer Museum (Project), Michael Kohn Gallery, Baik Art in Los Angeles, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Pataphysical Society PDX, Portland, Oregon and Galerie Quynh, Vietnam.
"My work draws upon the imagery of nature, the sciences, and the cosmos but it is not limited to a conventional reading of these realms. It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic. My practice is devoted to the natural world and its curiosities. It has been my inspiration and a place that I find meditative and complex but also mysterious. It has allowed me to continuously know more about the world we live in."