Combining drawing with photographic techniques, Christine Nguyen has developed a pioneering practice centered on the manipulation and layering of negatives. Her work revolves around the imaginings of an organic prism, a dream-like world where oceans merge with outer space. Her works depict ferocious ocean currents, meandering creatures, iridescent flora, spiny strata of rocks and other fantastical imagery, each performing a distinctive act in the collective formulation of a mysterious ecosphere. As our vision fluctuates between the micro- and macroscopic, shifting between the primordial organisms dwelling at the bottom of the sea and the gossamer beings floating in the midst of the universe, the complex multi-layered works speak volumes about our infinitesimal juxtapositions vis-à-vis the natural world.
Nguyen relentlessly explores the frontier of her materials. Through the development of a personal cosmology where “commonalities among species, forms, and environments become visible and expressive,” she creates works that defy the conventional conceptions of time and space. The quintessential concoction of a mystical bio-network beyond earthly limits is a suggestion of both past narratives and future possibilities.
Christine Nguyen received her B.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach and M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA; Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL; and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong. Group exhibitions featuring Nguyen’s work have been presented at Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Pasadena Museum of California, Art, Pasadena, CA; LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York; Churner and Churner, New York; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Dancing Elephants Project, Bogota, Columbia; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; and Sprueth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany.
Christine Nguyen currently lives and works in Long Beach, California.