Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Mixed media, charcoal, paint, ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Tiffany Le is a graduate student here at CSULB. She will be graduating this May with a MFA Illustration program. Le was born and raised in Garden Grove, CA. She had always been interested in art starting at a very young age. She explained that it all started with just coloring and copying the designs that were on cereal boxes. Her hobbies include Japanese fencing, hiking, going to gallery shows, and taking care of her bunnies. When she graduates she wants to look for jobs and go freelancing.
Tiffany’s work consists of paintings on canvases. In many of her paintings, there are dark colors such as black and grey. However in most of her paintings, the darker colors are contrasted with a yellow/goldish color. There does appear to be any straight lines in her work, instead they are all squiggly and take on various shapes. There were different scales to her work. The boats were in various shapes and sizes.
The artist explained that her family came from Vietnam and that her art reflects their journey and hardships. She explained to the class that her father tried and failed 67 times to get on a boat and leave Vietnam and how he had to find safe houses to live in. She also discussed that her cousin had gotten thrown off of a boat and almost drowned in the ocean. Her art is a reflection and a reminder of what it is like to be an immigrant and the struggle they have to endure. This is clearly shown in her work with all of the darkness in her work.
To me I was amazed with her work. I come from a family who all immigrated from Mexico so I was able to see the point that Tiffany Le was trying to make. I hear the stories that my family tells me about how they tried to come to the U.S. and although they are not the same as Tiffany Le’s, the feelings are still the same. Her art portrays the struggle and the determination it took to get here. I really enjoyed looking at each individual piece. I feel like everyone who has parents that immigrated to America can relate to her work and feel the power behind it.