Green Something, June 12 - July 14, 2013
Dinh Thi Tham Poong Solo Show
Location: The East Gallery, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto
(across from Art Gallery of Ontario)
Opening Reception: Wed. June 12th, 5 - 8pm
Returning artist Dinh Thi Tham Poong’s work is deeply influenced by her Muong ethnic minority roots and her childhood growing up in a remote mountainous region on the border of Vietnam with China. In this exhibition, Tham Poong uses vivid images, striking contrasts and intricate patterns to bring her strong connection to these roots to life. Her poetic watercolours on handmade ‘Dzo’ paper are almost surreal, erasing boundaries between humans and nature.
“What makes me happy are the customs of the minority people I grew up with, their spirituality and musicality, the sounds and smells of nature,” she says.”I am now living in a big city but these memories and experiences have a special place inside me. Through my paintings I express my love and admiration for the close connectedness that minority people in their beautifully patterned clothes have with nature.”
One of Vietnam’s most successful artists, Tham Poong has had 17 international exhibitions over the last 15 years including shows in Berlin, New York, Miami, London, Tokyo, Helsinki, and Manila.Read more about Dinh Thi Tham Poong