Salt crystals, acrylic series (2015) - Cactus
This is a layered, mixed media piece using acrylic ink, and salt water and salt crystals, on unprocessed photographic paper. Signed en verso.
Christine Nguyen is a Los Angeles based artist. She received her B.F.A from California State University, Long Beach and M.F.A from University of California, Irvine.
As an artist, she is inspired by literature, science, nature, astronomy, geology, marine biology.
The layering of works, creating depth, process and nature are important elements of her work . For example, salt crystallization has been used on found objects and encrusted on photo based works on paper. The salt crystallization process is similar to preserving some objects, while disintegrating others with time. By incorporating salt crystals onto the photo based paintings, the image presents a mystical otherworldly feel, capturing and refracting light and the slippage of time.
Using photography’s processes as a point of departure, Christine Nguyen’s pioneering spirit led her to begin manipulating negatives and onward–creating her own by cutting, layering, and adding on. Nguyen’s subsequent explorations embrace drawing and object making alike, each body of work permeated with a sense of profound discovery.
–Julie Dickover, Associate Registrar at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2010
Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally such as at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach;Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena and are in many private collections.
- Salt crystals and acrylic series - acrylic ink, salt water, salt crystals on unprocessed photographic paper
- close up detail
- Migration over the Woods and Its Strange Powers, 2006, c-prints, installation view of middle lobby wall, 251 x 579 1/2 inches, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
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