I explore and reflect on the fundamental relationship between the particular and the whole.
A large body of my work addresses cultural identity in the context of the individual in relationship to the social environment. Paradoxically, to internalize the discovery that another person is a stranger, with their own inner-life and uniquely ''other'' perspective, is a rare but real contact with another subjectivity; Our differences define both our individualism as well as our inseparable connection. This dichotomy between how we strive to shape our own lives individually towards our own goals and how we interact with strangers in a common space lies at the heart of the human condition.
The work develops through a contemplative process where intuition, curiosity, reflection and will take turns in determining the outcome. I was trained as a painter, but my creative work goes beyond the canvas. Influenced by theatre, music, literature, photography, dance and movement, my work over the past 25 years has drawn inspiration from these disciplines.
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). 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