The artist states "Koi Pond was inspired by a photo I saw on Instagram. A reverse Google Image search indicated that the photo was taken at the Kumpula Botanic Garden in Helsinki, Finland. Other than that, I can’t find any more contextual information for the image. I knew I needed to paint it upon viewing it - it fit too perfectly into my aesthetic to ignore. The painting is an obvious portrayal of the consequences of climate change. The fish swim indifferently over the remnants of a submerged dining table, the natural world slowly reclaiming its space. The candles burning in the candelabra signify a shred of hopefulness."
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.