Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Ink, Charcoal and Clayboard
Gallery: Dennis W Dutzi Gallery
Soon to be graduate Tiffany Le will be receiving her MFA in CSULB’s illustration program. She is very excited to wrap up her last year at The Beach to move on to her own studio work. Next to art, Tiffany had a unique hobby of kendo, a form of Japanese martial art that she says is like fencing. She also has two bunnies she loves very much.
Tiffany’s art is inspired by her family’s and the entire Vietnamese community’s struggle to seek refuge and make a home in America. She depicts zodiac animals in her paintings to symbolize the traits associated with the zodiac sign. The many of boats depicted have to do with the Vietnamese community. Because they came by the boats to seek refuge following the Fall of Saigon in 1975 they were called “boat people”, which labeled them as outsiders and brought more difficulties to the Vietnamese people. Tiffany’s work not only captures symbolic interpretation through objects, but the form of art holds her people’s culture.
Of all the exhibitions, I admired Tiffany’s work the most. She claimed to not know much of her people’s history and culture from the start, however her art has given her the ability to explore and share the Vietnamese difficulties. The large boat and many small boats in the center of the room were beautiful and were what initially caught my eye. It made the room a personal environment, like a candle lighting for those Vietnamese who fought every day in hopes of a more prosperous life for their family and themselves.