Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Paper and ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist: Tiffany was born and raised in Gardner Grove California, then moved down to Long Beach to go to school for CSULB. She has been into art since the age of three, which she started out copying images. She is in her final semester and is currently working to get her masters in art. Her art conveys her parents journey from Vietnam to America. It’s basically a narrative of their hardships and struggle of the journey, which Tiffany felt that it was ideal to tell through her art. Tiffany also expressed her thoughts of the current school system to which doesn’t explain the large amount of refugees that came to the U.S. from Vietnam. It bothers her because her parents explained how it was a struggle and that many died trying to get to the U.S.
Formal Analysis: Just from glancing at the sculpture, it is apparent that paper is the dominating material in it. The base contains the largest piece, it also has the largest boat made out of paper. All the boats are made similar such as the form with some exceptions such as the size. This is probably done to show that all who attempted to escape from Vietnam to the U.S. went through the same struggles. There are two materials that stand out from the paper, which are the lighting and drawing. The drawing seems to resemble water, but is drawn in a vortex to symbolize no escape. Perhaps she wanted to show that for those who made it would never forget what they went through. Some of the smaller boats also seem to have drawing on them as well. It is probably done to convey those who actually made it, and those without the lights are the ones that perished.
Content Analysis: When Tiffany explained her fathers struggle to the U.S, it helped give context for her sculpture. It helped me visualize what she was describing into her art. She did a fantastic job in creating that narrative of her fathers journey. I can’t possibly understand how frustrated she is that this event was not explained in history books. It is obvious by both her explanation and art of the horrific event that she wants people to know of it.
Synthesis/ My experience: This has to be one of my favorite and most knowledgeable artist conversations had so far for this entire semester. The Vietnam war in class would never elaborate on the the large amounts of refugees that fled to the U.S. I felt that Tiffany was completely different compared to other artist we seen so far. She attempted and succeeded in creating a narrative of the Vietnamese that traveled to the U.S. Tiffany conveyed a journey that I can visually see through her art.