My Little Happiness
Dinh Y Nhi
June 3 - July 3, 2016
Opening reception June 3, 2016 6:00pm
Art Vietnam Gallery
24 Ly Quoc Su
Art Vietnam is happy to present the new works of Dinh Y Nhi, one of Vietnam's most celebrated female artists who dared to confront convention and break with the traditional accepted feminine expression in 1995 with her stark black and white stick figures on paper with their bold stance facing the world expressing the entire range of human expression.
A controversial body of work that immediately attracted international attention, the artist was set on her path of singular inventive expression. Not always accepted by the cultured milieu at the time in Vietnam, Nhi continued on her solitary path.
Today, the artist is very reclusive, rarely seen and yet quietly works away in her studio. This latest body of work, My Little Happiness, is a meditation on life, on treasuring every solitary moment.
Every day, a little happiness
Coffee on the street
Smile of a stranger
Laugh of a child
Simple moments of time. Friends sharing stories, sadness, or simply idling away the time. Sipping slowly a rich cup of coffee, Nhi observes all that surrounds her.
Daily the artist goes to the same spot, the same time, sees the same people, and sometimes not. A vivid tableaux of life, a simple passing moment.
The artist says, "When I drink coffee near my house I like the idea of 1 million people passing by.....again and again. I am the only one who stays - observing and looking at them in a quiet way. I understand that deep inside we are all different but when I look at them they all look the same. Like a drop of water in the river, the cycle of life of everyone is actually the same; we are born, get married, have children, die, start again.
Not only at the present time but also the same as a thousand years ago, life will be the same in the future. This is not boring, it is the purpose of life. Everyone is pursuing happiness, one is never bored with happiness."
A silent, quiet observer, Nhi makes no judgments, she doesn't analyze, she simply observes, following her feeling.
Walls covered in faces, random, nameless, one in a crowd, indistinguishable from the other. A contemplation on life, little moments....
This artist's meditation brings us to the present moment, we focus on each movement, the collective mass of humanity before us. Far from the maddening crowd and yet right in the midst of it, we can feel the silence and the quiet joy of sharing time and memory.
Please come to enjoy this celebration of tender little moments of happiness.
Art Vietnam Gallery