Chinese Zodiac Crayon Carvings by Diem Chau
Fri, 04/09/2010 - 09:32
You know what I really love? When people think outside the box. When they step outside constraints and technological parameters and create beautiful things with the ordinary. Ordinary things are a very unordinary medium in today's time. Crayons are primitive--a thing of the past. The internet is pretty in right now, I'd say. Don't get me wrong, I love graphic/web/print design as much as the next guy, but there's something so pure and fresh about someone who comes along and creates something new out of something old. Are you still following me?
Here's Diem Chau, a Vietnam native and BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She does just that.
Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau's current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.