Mourning Room

Size: 58 X 54 in.
Oil on Canvas

Current location: Vancouver

Please contact the gallery for more information on this work.

The artist states "Mourning Room is the painting that is most obvious in its characteristics of memento mori painting, but with a playfulness and vibrancy hearkening to books such as Alice in Wonderland and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. This is the painting in which I really began to focus on food as a subject.Like in a home where every room serves a particular function (bedroom for sleeping, bathroom for washing and relieving oneself, etc.), this painting looks to normalize grief by imagining a room that functions as a place for mourning. While working on this painting, I also recall listening to a Radiolab podcast entitled ‘The Queen of Dying,’ which surveys the life and work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who is best known for developing ‘The Five Stages of Grief.’ In a nutshell, the podcast speaks to how her theory has been misunderstood - grief is messy (shown by the chaos depicted in the painting) and everyone copes differently. The idea that one must move through stages is a myth."

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.

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