Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"Bride of Dede"
Winnie Truong is an artist from Canada. Her works are large-scale compositions of colored pencil and pastel crayons on paper. Truong's style is meant to question the nature of hair, skin, and beauty as a whole. It is also a comment on portraiture. In the work, "Bride of Dede," the skin and hair are handled with the same long, exact, strokes with multitudes of underlying colors. The small bubble-like cysts almost cover the body in beautifully lain groups, and treated in the same way that "beautiful" objects like beads, berries, or grapes might be. I believe this is a comment on the illusion of beauty and our perception of "imperfection." Using what would be a horrific skin disorder, Truong weaves together a portrait using the beautiful and the grotesque, until a work is created in which we have trouble telling the two apart.