Four Course Bacchanal
The artist states "The title Four Course Bacchanal communicates a sense of decadence. ‘Bacchanal’ alludes to a festival held by ancient Greco-Romans that celebrated and worshipped Bacchus (also known as Dionysus), the god of wine, ecstasy, and bountifulness. Bacchus' very existence is meant to encapsulate the lifeblood element in nature. These festivals were often overflowing with wine and included extravagant feasts, festal processions, theatrical performances, as well as the occasional orgy."
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.