Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: canvas, water colors, acrylic, charcoal
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Tiffany Le is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB and an illustration major in the MFA program. After she graduates in May, Tiffany plans on doing some freelancing and taking time to work on her personal projects. She was born in the United States unlike her parents who had a tough past in Vietnam and fled as refugees. Some of Tiffany’s interests include Japanese fencing, hiking, and going to different art galleries. She also has two bunnies that she loves to dress up and play with.
Tiffany’s work consists of canvas, prints, water color pencils, acrylic and charcoal. Each of her drawings include smooth, fluid lines that represent the dark water and bright fire in the pictures. In contrast of the soft lines used in her drawings, the sail boats in her art piece are folded sharply with pointed and structured edges. The use of canvas and paper in the art work creates an almost light and airy feel which greatly differs from the deep meaning behind the pieces.
Her art work is inspired by the story of her family fleeing Vietnam as refugees. Tiffany talked about how the trauma in the Vietnam War is not really taught in schools so she didn’t know much about the past of her family. Once informed by her parents of their tremendous struggle, Tiffany decided to incorporate their story and the stories of others into her art work. Many people attempted to leave Vietnam by boats although most would push people back with oars to avoid being drowned by the countless others trying to climb aboard. The boats in her art pieces represent a means of escape but also the great change that came into her family’s life after their tough journey.
Overall, I found Tiffany’s work to be appealing in both appearance and meaning. As she told the inspiring story of her family, I couldn’t help but be amazed at their hard work for a better life. This resonates with me in the way that my family also had to fight for hope of a better future when they left Mexico. Although both stories and journies are different, the end goal of searching for a better life with opportunities are the same. I found Tiffany Le’s art work to be a beautiful reflection of her family that people can both enjoy and relate to with their own struggles, whatever they may be.