I was born in Sweden but raised up in Hanoi, Vietnam. My father is Swedish and my mother Vietnamese. As an artist my main source of inspiration derives from the questions surrounding my cultural heritage. I am deeply inspired by motifs and themes from Sweden and Vietnam’s contrasting traditions.
My work often takes the shape of a ritual or have a ritual-like process
to it. My paintings and sculptures are repetitive and time consuming.
When I work on them I enter a ritual, a personal ritual that is
frustrating at the same time as it is therapeutic. A recurring material
in my work is lacquer as I find comfort in its qualities. The adding and
erasing process of lacquer adequately reflects the searching and finding
of sense in my work and consequently my personal life.
As an artist, my work tends to deal with personal themes and topics.
Quite often my work reflects my current state of mind, my worries and my
longings. A topic that has followed my work throughout the years is my
longing to communicate and to solve the internal confusions caused by an
undefined cultural identity. My work exists not only to question cultural
and social stigmas but also to celebrate and connect to different aspects
of my cultures. In my case I am specifically drawn to the spiritual
attributes of culture presumably because of its function to me. At the
same time as spirituality and its mysterious/ unanswered qualities
fascinates me, spirituality also helps me unravel knots in my thoughts
and make sense of my queries.