When I was eight years old growing up in Toronto Canada, my father would tell me to count the number of stair rails (balusters) in our home. This was to burn up the energy of a child living in a crammed household trapped indoors during the Canadian winter. When this task was exhausted twenty times over, I picked up a piece of paper and pencil, sat down cross-legged on the floor in front of a printer box and started to draw. In art I found a creative outlet for my abundance of energy. With time, I developed a special connection and joy in creating art.
I spent my early years in Saigon, young adult life in Toronto and now my thirties living in London. I have a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering and have been practicing for the past 11 years, but ultimately my dream and passion have lead me back to art. This diverse upbringing has exposed me to a myriad of life experiences that have made me an aware, responsive and curious individual.
There are 115 rails in total.
My art is an extension of who I am: honest, personable, introspective, curious and evolving. I use my life experiences to try and connect with people through my work. The topics of human relationships, human emotions, physical environment and life experiences are explored through various mediums, forms and techniques.
Happiness, sadness, fear, anger and surprise: these are some of the basic human emotions that we experience in our lives. Sometimes we stare out the window and into the distance and ask ourselves where our life journey is taking us. Other times we are overwhelmed and simply pass through one day at a time, learning to juggle with little time to pause and reflect. And then there are moments - rite of passage moments - when we feel life is exactly where it should be. Whether we are starting a journey, taking a break, or changing routes, we come to the realisation that our ride will end at some point.
These life experiences are portrayed in the Train Journey series of abstract works.