What the world doesn’t know

about Tran Nguyen

There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me,
or ever will.
Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

By using Prismacolor’s verithins, colored pencils and thin glazes of diluted acrylic on paper, Tara shows a particular interest in therapeutic imagery. Her work frequently depicts milieus of adversity in which we deal with day to day.

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Born in Vietnam, in 1990, her family was given the opportunity to migrate to the States: My parents had a very harsh life, living in poverty from birth to adulthood. When my brothers and I were born, we lived in a small shack with dirt floors and had very little to eat.

“I was a rowdy kid, so I would climb trees, transformer boxes, fences and houses, as well as falling off of them, head-first. Oh, and I loved traveling, even if it was to the Walmart Superstore. To me, anywhere was somewhere.

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TN 3b

Tran seems to be fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind’s surreal dreamscape. Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality.

“I’ve always wanted to help others, but with art, I didn’t know how applicable it could be. Moon’s writings elaborated on the whats and whys of art for the mind and spirit, laying out the principles of therapy through visuals.

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“Instead of focusing on the tribulations in life, I’m interested in representing the human mind, in physical form, as it responses to a universal circumstance. It’s the personification of a psychological impulse, with a splash of surrealism and a pint of fantasy.

Tran received a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has worked for clients such as Playboy, Tor, McDonald’s, Chateau St. Michelle Winery, and has showcased with galleries in California, New York, Spain, and Italy. She is currently represented by Richard Solomon and Thinkspace gallery.

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excerpts from Tran Nguyen’s Interview thanks to


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