Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Watercolor pencils and inks, Charcoal, Acrylic paint, Pens, Funeral paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Tiffany is in her last semester of her third year here at CSULB. She is getting her MFA in the school’s illustration program. She is from Garden Grove and in her free time, likes to hike, go to gallery shows, and she also wants to get back into kendo which is a form of fencing. She also has bunnies which she likes showing off, dressing up, and taking cute pictures of because she finds them very cute. When she finishes up here, she hopes to do freelance and studio work.
When I walked into Tiffany’s exhibit, I immediately knew I wanted to do my artist conversation with her. In the center of the room, there is a big paper boat surrounded by many smaller boats of different sizes. Many of the boats had led candle lights inside them and I was able to see the exhibit when she turned off the lights and closed the door and it was very pretty. The boats were made of funeral paper as well as other types of paper and they had inkings of drawings of the stuff that the people on these boats would bring with them. On the walls were visualizations of the journey that they were going through while traveling across the ocean.
When working on this exhibition, Tiffany was inspired by culture context, thinking about her family background and how her family and many other refugees from their home land had traveled across the ocean. Many people were lost and died on their journey and she used funeral paper with red inkings as a form of respect and tribute to them and all that happened. She has a background in comparative literature and mythology and likes to use that to relate back to the humanitities.
Hearing her talk about her exhibit really made me wonder about some of the history because she just talked about it so well. Like she said she always felt at odds since she was born and raised here in the U.S. but people saw her as a foreigner and she didn’t understand why people wouldn’t see her like one of them. I understand that because as a child you feel like everybody else until your culture and society introduces you into different types of thinking such as that not everyone is the same. I just really liked her exhibit because of how she pulled it off and expressed everything she was thinking and feeling while paying tribute to her family tree.