New works - Mixed Blessings

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.

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