Lien Truong – Under the canopy of a Pink Palm


Artwork Description

Lien Truong – Under the canopy of a Pink Palm

Dimensions: 84 x 72″
Year: 2020
Media: mixed media and silk on canvas

On the silk are painted interpretations of historic textile designs, mimicking either those hand-painted silks from Asia imported into France, Britain, and America to adorn the bodies of high society or scenic textile designs that depicted conquest, colonies, and orientalism. The white-yellow bodies are taken from orientalist paintings, whose gestures are recast in my paintings, given agency, weaponized, and/or engaging in acts of self-love.

Lien Truong’s paintings like Under the canopy of a Pink Palm examine the social, cultural, and political history, exploring influences that form contemporary identity and belief systems in a transcultural context. She employs a rich pastiche of styles and media as she explores the cultural dynamics of domination, assimilation, and resistance throughout history. Embedded histories of exclusion or assimilation, Truong utilizes traditionally feminine practices such as embroidery and silk painting in her works as a contrast to the often harsh socio-political themes she depicts.

Truong’s work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Art, Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, the Centres of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, Oakland Museum of California. Lien is also the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Truong immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her M.F.A. from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she studied under feminist artist Hung Liu.