I am a multidisciplinary artist. Reflecting on my experiences as a woman of color and former refugee, my work addresses everyday manifestations of cultural identity, memory and displacement. I explore, through diverse media, the porous boundary between personal and collective history. My observations are at times serious, at others ironic, or even satirical. I deconstruct materials, images, objects and texts to (re)construct personal experiences and narratives within the greater cultural context of which I am a part.
My most recent paintings, sculptures, and installations draw from the shuffling, cross-cultural entanglements that comprise my experiences with faith and identity. Born into a Buddhist household in Vietnam, I escaped my war-torn country as a child with my family. We moved between refugee camps, resettling as a sponsored family by a Lutheran Church in the Appalachian Mountains, and ultimately found a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the wake of these migrations, the formation of my spiritual identity has been conspicuously composite—I was raised in a traditional Southeast Asian Buddhist household and educated in public schools in the predominantly Christian South. These geographic, social, cultural, and religious influences have shaped my life perspective and creative pursuits. In this new body of work, I offer a contemplative navigation through the complex, interwoven layers of my spiritual and cultural identity. In view of historical and contemporary narratives, I not only stage meditations on the intricate histories woven into my personal story, but also explore the labyrinthine structures of human identity more broadly. My work constructs spaces within which the ever-changing, always unfinished meanings of identity can be explored, subverted, and reimagined.
MyLoan Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Majoring in visual arts, she studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Arts and Design at Wollongong University New South Wales, Australia. She has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe including the Muhammad Ali Museum and Center (Louisville, KY), Artfields (Lake City, SC) and the Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC). Notable recent awards and accomplishments include: Artfields 2022 2nd Place Jury Prize, 2020 Arts & Science Council Creative Renewal Fellowship, Mint Museum Constellations Artist, 2020 Charlotte Magazine BOB Best Local Artist, Arts & Science Council Individual Artists Project Grants, Knight Foundation Celebrate Charlotte Grant, McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency, Playing For Others Change Makers Honoree, Community Impact Grant from the Partnership for Democracy, Berlin, Department of Arts and Culture of Berlin Individual Artists grants. She is the founder of an award winning international multidisciplinary arts outreach and migration project, We See Heaven Upside Down. Dinh is a member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the BBK, 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 Germany.
photos by Jeff Cravotta Photography