nhà nội, 2018

unpacking memory and heritage through family photos

This collage depicts my grandparents' old house in Saigon, Vietnam, which they maintained during the war and where generations of our family resided. The project explores the manifestation of memory through time as an architectural form influenced by personal, political, and natural history. I developed the spatial landscape of the drawing from childhood memories, conversations with relatives, and family photographs. The collaged textures were gathered from sources of my family's recorded past and photographs of my parent's home wedding ceremony.

The personal undertones of this work challenge where my fragmented sense of identity belongs among or beside an artifact of my family and heritage.

Featured at 2019 Art Pop-Up! Expressions of Asian/American Identity, Heritage Series at the Brown Center for Students of Color.