Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Ink, on Charcoal and Clayboard
Gallery: CSULB School of Arts, Dennis W Dutzi Gallery
Tiffany Le is a graduate student getting her MFA in Illustrations at CSU Long Beach. She went to Soka University for her undergrad in Liberal Studies, which she utilized to make her pieces informational. She also likes to show off her culure through her work. Growing up, she was very surrounded by her Vietnamese culture, she felt that she grew up in one of the largest Vietnamese communities. She feels that their tragic stories are left untold and that the generation following those that immigrated here are left in this place where they are excluded from Vietnamese experience and that history books don’t talk enough about it so she wanted to make art that portrays all of that. This exhibit tries to explore her family’s experience during the Vietnam War and their life after the fall of Saigon.
In many of Tiffany’s images, she plays with lines that are undulating. Using watercolor, texture is added onto the image and bring a naturalistic feeling to the painting. The colors relate to the concept of the hurt and the pain that the Vietnamese experienced during the time of the Vietnamese War with America. Through the different shades in the colors and the angles of the shapes, the viewer is also able to get a clear understanding of the pain that many must have experienced trying to escape. The scaling on each piece is evident of its personal impact and influence. The color pencils also add texture and stand out over the watercolor.
The goal behind her art of Táu was to tell the controversial stories that many American history books don’t allow their readers to know. Tiffany well accomplished the goal as she was able to tell stories about her parents and her family through her art. Tiffany’s art connected and moved her audience as it told the stories of the trauma and the struggles of refugees and those who suffered during the Vietnam War.
I really enjoyed her art because it is very true that history books leave out information that is vital to truly understanding wars and other traumatic occurrences. She did a very good job at getting her stories across through her art and is very talented.