Size: 60 X 54 in.
Oil on Canvas

Current location: Vancouver

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The artist states "Snowdrop" was painted around early February or March when the snowdrops were in bloom. Their presence is a sign of early springtime, and I always get excited when I see them. The painting itself looks to capture the beginnings of the transformation from winter to spring. The small white blossoms and their green stems are visually distinctive from the dark tones of the piece, which represent long winter nights. The swans and cherubs are reminiscent of the slow return of migratory birds. The ghostly bodies in the background slowly dissipate into smoke, further representing a period of transition. This illustrates one of the main themes of the show: change is constant and inevitable. Additionally, the decapitated snaked-haired head on the ground is evocative of that of Medusa. A spider inhabits her head now, which represents the life that is capable of springing forth from death."

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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