Lien Truong – The tonic cleanse of warm rain


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Lien Truong – The tonic cleanse of warm rain

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

In Lien Truong’s “The tonic cleanse of warm rain,” the canvas and the silks 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 historic orientalist paintings, whose gestures are recast in my paintings, given agency, weaponized, and/or engaging in acts of self-love,” says Truong.

Lien Truong’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian, and they are included in prestigious museum collections. Truong is the honored recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2020, and she studied art with the formidable social activist artist Hung Liu, at Mills College in California.

-Tonya Turner Carroll