Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: canvas,printed paper,ink,charcoal, watercolor, mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Tiffany Le is a Vietnamese- American artist. She is in her last semester as a graduate student in the CSULB School of Art MFA Illustration Program. Le was born and raised in Garden Grove, California and has been doing art since a very young age. Since the age of three she had been doing art by tracing and copying the images from cereal boxes. Le loves doing Japanese fencing but she has not had any luck finding the team on the CSULB campus. In her free time she likes to take care of her bunnies and take pictures of them. In the future after graduate school, she is hoping to find a studio to continue her work. .
The artwork that I decided to analyze this week was one of Tiffany Le’s paintings on a small canvas. The image is of two green rats in what appears to be a really dark space. The two rats are back to back and are the only things with color on the image. They are painted green and have light pink ears and tails. The rats appear to be standing in water probably frightened. On the background there is six rat traps with dead rats that are black. There is a dim light coming down on the center of the image and its the only sort of light present. The light seems to be showing the rat traps because it is right on them. The artwork portrays a lot of emotion, almost making it difficult for me to describe.
Tiffany Le’s art stems from the lack of family history and cultural history as a Vietnamese. Her family would not share their personal stories and at school she would only be provided with “like two paragraphs, when they would cover the Vietnam War” She believes that “in America there is a censorship on Vietnamese history”. The desire to learn more about her family and Vietnamese culture lead her to create her gallery. In Vietnamese “tàu” means boat and it represents the refugees struggle and her family’s struggle to come to the US. The gallery particularly reflects on how Vietnamese do not really share their stories and their journey and exposes those stories and focuses on what they went through.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
This week’s gallery was really powerful and conveyed a great message about the Vietnamese immigrants that came to the US. It was like having a mini history lesson with visuals. Tiffany Le was really passionate about her work and it was really obvious by the stories she shared about her father and aunt. I definitely feel that her work really provides that voice that Vietnamese people do not have in America. I really enjoyed her work.