Exhibit by French artist ongoing in Vietnam hub

An exhibit showcasing Orient- influenced, animal-themed paintings by French artist Nadège David is running in Ho Chi Minh City until June 7.

The exhibit, which has a strange, philosophical name Ho®s-Sol’ (Soil-Less®) and is running at Floor 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi, District 1, boasts paintings rich in Oriental charm and characteristics.

The paintings, on “do” paper (Vietnam’s time-honored paper) and using Chinese ink, boast layouts, strokes and details which strongly remind visitors of those of Japanese paintings.

David is particularly bewitched by the irresistible black of Chinese ink, which is used profusely in the past, and is now mostly adopted in calligraphy and certain types of paintings.

Her paintings and installation statues, which are named using codes, focus singly on animals.

Her characters include cicada and frog bodies in her three art installation works, kids with stuffed animals, or decaying slaughtered animals.

“I keep pondering what the differences between humans and animals are. I began with animals when I sought to define humans,” she explained.

David, who earned a Master’s degree in Political Philosophy from France’s prestigious Sorbonne University, shared that she finds painting and living in HCMC an intriguing experience.

“Writing a project on philosophy or political science is time and energy consuming, but it’s quite difficult to express yourself with it. Meanwhile, painting allows you to manifest your ego and thoughts fully and comfortably,” the artist shared.

Source: Tuoi Tre English

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