Artist of the Month — Mai Nguyen-Long – May 2017
The art of Mai Nguyen-Long is unmissable
|Mis/alignment, synthetic polymer paint on 44 canvas boards, 163x336cm, collection Wollongong Art Gallery|
The distinctive artworks of Mai Nguyen-Long make her an artist that gets attentionMai has just had an article on her Vietnamese residencies printed in issue 38 of Artist Profile.
While still a young woman, she has a long history of creating artHer first exhibition was about 20 years ago. Mai's art education is also extensive. She currently studying to be a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.
|Mai at her craft - In full colour (photo by Stuart Horstman)|
To date, Mai has had about 50 solo and group exhibitions. This show her tenacity and commitment to her art. Also, she has committed herself to numerous community and artistic projects and created art and developed her knowledge over several residencies.
|Vomit Girl - 25042016, pen on paper, 21x21cm|
Working in a variety of styles and formats her artworks represent her unique view of communication through the arts. It's a diverse and mysterious world that Mai creates through her art. Her works are a puzzle of people, dreams with an artistic imagination like few others.
One of Mai's favourite artistic characters is the mongrel dog, or more accurately stated the mutt
|Aqua Mutt swimming in Cyberspace (145cm high) exhibited on an acrylic mirror grid. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre collection.|
There are dozens of these paper mache creations, in all sizes, and they stand out - they are unmissable.
|Many of Mai's mongrels showing off in this work titled Aqua Mutt: an Installation with Dag Girl — Photo by Joanne Saad. Courtesy of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.|
The unique creations Mai puts out are what sets her apart in the art world. Sometimes this can a good thing and other times, she goes unnoticed. We all have our favourite artists, and that's because their art speaks to us on a personal level. It connects with us and gets under our skin, in a good way. Mai's works do this well. You can't forget them once you've seen them.