Growing Pains

Size: 36 X 60 in.
Oil and Pastel on Canvas

Current location: Toronto

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"I started this painting shortly after rereading Anne Carson’s poem, ‘The Glass Essay.’ In the poem, Carson visits her mother’s home and reminisces about her former lover and her favourite author, Emily Brönte.

"Carson’s description of the landscape played a great influence on the composition: ‘She lives on a moor in the north./She lives alone./Spring opens like a blade there.’ She draws the parallels between this moor and the one that Emily Brönte frequented by her home. Those who saw her walking home from the moor described her face as “lit up by a divine light.” (I am a little embarrassed to admit that I confused Emily Dickinson—thus the depiction of her imfamous dress—for Emily Brönte while painting this.)

"Throughout the poem’s course, Carson also describes having vivid, and sometimes violent visions of nude women. They haunt her like apparitions. One can easily classify this painting as some sort of reverse ekphrastic reproduction of Carson’s poem.

Carson, Anne. “The Glassy Essay.” Poetry Foundation. 1994. Web. 23 April 2020."

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.

Established in 1965, Bau-Xi Gallery represents both Canadian and International artists, exhibiting Modern and Contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture in three art galleries in Toronto and Vancouver.

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