Water Feature (Mare)
The artist states "Water Feature (Mare) is inspired by Marizio Cattelan’s "Novecento" (1997) and David Černý’s Statue of King Wenceslas "Ride a Dead Horse" (1999). The horse has been used as a symbol of power and integrity for centuries in art. Both Cattelan and Černý’s pieces challenge those notions by putting the creature in a submissive position. ‘Water Feature (Mare)’ looks to accomplish something similar with the creature lying down splayed and decapitated. Additionally, parts of the horse look translucent and ghostly, almost on the verge of disappearing. Nicholas Galanin’s "Shadow on the Land, an Excavation and Bush Burial" (2020) also played a huge influence on how I have chosen to depict the monument in a lot of the paintings in this particular show. Galanin’s work explores colonial racism and erasure. The impact of his piece is strengthened by the time in which we inhabit. Around the world, a multitude of monuments, depicting mainly white men, are being torn down. Their presence represented a one-sided history celebrating genocide and slavery."
Nguyen's illustrative paintings employ a variety of techniques using oil paint and pastel on a canvas surface. Rife with narrative symbols, her dramatic tableaus sing with chaotic tension and humorous undertones. Painted in jewel tones and highlighted by soft-hued pastels, starkly contrasted by bold gestural markings, Nguyen's works are ready to hang framed or unframed.