By Patricia Frischer
I joined into a virtual exhibition walk-through of Upon Closer Inspection Virtual Exhibition Tour with Adama Delphine Fawundu, Phung Huynh, and Claire A. Warden. Each artist talked about the selection of artwork included in the exhibition, followed by a conversation with Galleries and Exhibitions Coordinator, Chantel Paul and a Q&A with the audience presented by University Art Gallery in the School of Art and Design at San Diego State University.
Dec 10 to March 31st with a virtual exhibition and an online catalog.
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There is no doubt that Chantal Paul had a vision of how all three of these diverse artists could relate and she is the one that gets credit for putting them together. Because this zoom discussion was so frank and they were so generous and articulate with their thoughts, it has not only enriched my view of their work, but exposed me to so much more about multi-cultural ways of seeing. Now they are all friends and it was a joy to watch them bond.
Although at first glance these are very different women, they share so many aspects of their personal lives and their art making goals. For all of them family is central and they all have a multi-cultural experience of colonialism. They are all exploring aspects of identity. All their works are layered, with explorations of language and multi-faceted mediums. They are fearless and break rules and are “de-colonizing” their minds.
All three see W.E.B. Du Bois statement pertinent i.e. Looking at yourself through the eyes of other as well as your own eyes.These ladies are looking to see themselves reflected in the American society and if that view is not there, they will create that vision themselves.
Adama Delphine Fawundu, Passageways #3, Secrets, Traditions, Spoken and Unspoken Truths or Not, 2017; archival pigment print in cotton fiber paper; 30 x 20 inches; courtesy of the artist
Adama Delphine Fawundu, Body Vernacular #6, 2017; archival pigment print in cotton fiber paper; 30 x 20 inches; courtesy of the artist
Phung Huynh, 2019 – 2020; graphite on pink donut box; 25 x 30 ½ inches; courtesy of the artist
Phung Huynh,2019-2020; embroidery thread on cotton (cross-stitch); 10 x 13 ¼ inches; courtesy of the artist
Claire A. Warden, No. 15 (Genetics), 2016; Piezography pigment print; 36 x 28 inches; courtesy of the artist
Claire A. Warden, No. 42 (Emphasis), 2016; Piezography pigment print; 36 x 60 inches; courtesy of the artist