Sunday, 13 March 2011

Winnie Truong

'Drawn with pencil crayon on paper, Winnie Truong’s portraits are formed from the artist’s interest in suspending anonymous characters on a vacant surface to explore narratives of stasis, awkwardness, anxiety, ambivalence, ambiguity, discomfort, and aimlessness. The subjects of these portraits are severed from their natural habitats, as they are in popular fashion magazines and advertisements. Without its mise en scene, exaggerated hair replaces the narrative authority of pose, dress and environment, and complements the vague expressions of the human subject.

The relationship between large-scale labor-intensive mark making and the juvenile and amateur associations of pencil crayon on paper is a tension Truong continues to explore in her practice. As a series, this tete-a-tete-a-tete-a-tete of monumental heads in conversation with one another collaborates and elaborates on its own ideas of the beautiful and the beastly.'

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