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GALLERY ADAGIO

91 Glebe Point Road

Glebe NSW 2037

P (02) 9552 2833

F (02) 9571 1899

Opening Hours:

Tues - Sunday,

11am - 6pm.

Kim-Anh Nguyen

Kim Anh Nguyen Image

 

Kim Anh Nguyen Image

 

Kim Anh Nguyen Image

 

Kim Anh Image

 

Kim Anh Image

Kim Anh Image

 

Kim Anh Image

 

Kim Anh Image

The majority of my work is based on the process of coiling, a simple technique which has been used from the earliest times. The inspiration came from indigenous cultures’ traditional woven textile and basketry craft.

Underlying my work is a profound respect for the historical and cultural significance of indigenous people (the Montagnards, or mountain people of Vietnam and the Aborigines of Australia). Most of the works depict aspect of the landscape, which is crucial to all indigenous peoples.

I am absorbed by the concept of storytelling and journey through the objects I create. The coiling process to me is a journey itself, starting with the spiral (Koru), from the tree fern, which is a symbol of new life and growth in Maori culture. This spiral represents the beginning and it keeps on going and grows until it looks right and satisfied. It is until then that the journey ends at the top of the vessel (the rim) and the space within holds many stories.

 

The Spinifex Series

This body of work has reference to the spiky spinifex grass which is widely found in the desert region of Australia and the story associated with the Spinifex people and their land within the Great Victoria Desert, in Western Australia. The story is about migration, like that of my own whom fled Vietnam in the 70’s as refugee boat person. The Spinifex people were forced out of their homeland in the 1950s as a result of the Maralinga atomic testing by the British and the Australian government.

The technical work of ‘Spinifex’ derives from the combined process of coiling in clay and the weaving of pine needles in basketry. Both of which have great influence on my work. Paper clay is used with an oxide application.

I am fascinated by the intricacy and delicacy, yet simplicity of this technique. The markings left behind as a result of this combined technique not only provide me with texture and some nuances but also represent the honesty in the work, i.e.; these marks have not been altered. It shows the process in the making, which is central to my work.

 

Road less Travelled Series

This collection of work is inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the Australian landscape, especially in the outback, which is spiritual and sacred to the Aboriginal people.

My aim is to create thrown and altered forms which allow me to depict the undulated and corrugated nature of the Australian outback terrain. Multiple coloured slips are applied to these vessels and then carved. The carvings bring forth the tactile quality to my work and portray part of my journey through the outback.

 

My Family

I am extremely proud to say that my greatest achievements are my three wonderful children aged 14,10 and 8) and the most supportive husband. Without the support of my family, I could have not achieved all of the above.

 

Kim-Anh Nguyen
December, 2008