My work explores the porous boundary between personal and collective history, and the relationship between part and whole. Reflecting on my experiences as an immigrant and woman of color, much of my work addresses everyday
manifestations of cultural identity, memory and displacement. Currently, I am interested in
examining individual and communal 'othering' throughout contemporary social and political environments. Formally, I experiment with physically deconstructing materials, images, objects and texts, to (re)construct narratives and envision new possibilities—some
serious, others ironic, or even absurd. I am interested in staging negotiations between similarity and difference, collective and
individual, independence and interdependence. From the tensions between these poles, peculiar meanings may come ashore.
I was trained as a painter, but my practice exceeds the canvas. Over the past 25 years, my work has drawn from many fields, spanning oral
history, theater, music, literature, photography and dance.
MyLoan Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. During the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, she and her family fled by sea to refugee camps in Subic Bay and Wake Island in the South China Sea. Later they were brought to Camp Pendleton, California, known as Tent City, one of four large camps for Vietnamese refugees. From there, the family immigrated to Boone, eventually settling in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dinh studied at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and majored in visual arts at the School of Arts and Design at Wollongong University New South Wales, Australia. Her creative talents led to designing and creating costumes and sets for professional dance and theatre for over a decade. In 2008, she returned to painting and renewed her focus on visual arts projects. Although raised in the west, her Southeast asian roots have been a source of reference and inspiration in her work. Dinh has exhibited internationally and her work is found in private collections in the United States, Germany and Switzerland. Recent awards/grants include: Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant (Charlotte, NC), Department of Arts and Culture, Berlin (Treptow-Köpenick) Artist Grant, and Partnership for Democracy (Berlin) Project Grant in collaboration with Moving Poets. Dinh is a member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the BKK, Professional Association of Visual Artists Berlin. She and her husband, Till Schmidt-Rimpler, founder and artistic director of Moving Poets have creative projects in the USA and Berlin, Germany.
photo courtesy Shane Baskin