V. Proposals

Christine Nguyen

As a native Californian, I have always been fascinated by my natural surroundings and search for nature wherever I am. This includes traveling various terrain such as the ocean, woods, desert, and mountains. The minimal use of material and structure in the Schindler House invites nature into the space and creates a place of meditation. To bring the experience of my art studio and elements of nature into the house, I propose to bring various work into the rooms, ranging from glass sculptures with salt and borax crystals grown on them, drawings on mylar, cyanotypes, and paper sculptures, as well as items from my personal collection that inspire me.

My work draws upon the imagery of science, but it is not limited to present technologies. My work imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space. Through an organic prism, my work explores how vision can fluctuate between the microscopic and macroscopic. I have been developing a personal cosmology in which commonalities among species, forms, and environments become visible and expressive, suggesting past narratives and possible futures. The forms and environs in my work sometimes migrate into new pieces, establishing new systems. These systems imagine modes of transportation, communication, and regeneration. There are no waste materials in these worlds: vision is a renewable resource.

Figure 1

Bell jars with crystallized objects inside. Various objects were collected in Southern California and along the West Coast, and then submerged in a super-saturated salt water or borax solution. Through the process of evaporation that depends on environmental temperature, the salt and borax crystals form in varying ways over days, weeks, and months.

Figures 2 and 3

Cyanotypes made with vegetation from the garden of the Schindler House and painted with salt water to form salt crystals.

Figure 4

Large-scale fractals sculptures made of paper which are five feet in height. One side is a cyanotype made with spray paint and vegetation collected from the garden of the Schindler House. Small mock-ups of sculptures. The actual pieces will need wooden supports. Sculptures will be placed in several areas.

Figures 5 and 6

Cyanotype made with spray paint and archival pigment prints to be placed on walls of the house.

Figure 7

Medium-sized, photo-based wall piece. Photo-based works are made from layered sheets of mylar that have been drawn and painted on. The mylar images are then used as a negative in a photographic process involving a color enlarger to create a reversed image.

Figure 8

Proposed mylar drawing made with watercolor, acrylic inks, colored pencils, and spray.

Christine Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based artist.

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