Dec 19 2018

‘Constellations Sunflower I’ by Christine Nguyen acquired by J. Paul Getty Museum

Constellations Sunflower, a cyanotype print by Christine Nguyen, has been acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs Collection.

Born in California, the daughter of immigrants from Vietnam, Christine Nguyen grew up exploring what her father, a commercial fisherman, would bring home from the sea. Fostering an interest in the natural world around her, these childhood rambles through the ocean’s offerings may have built the foundation for her later artistic practice, which much like life in the sea, thrives on salt. When drawing, salt crystals and spray paint are layered onto her cyanotypes.(The process) further inform us on how different versions of existence can merge into one: the landscape of a subterranean world, alien architecture or mountain range stands in the foreground, silhouetted against what could be the saturated colors of an imagined sunset filled with plant-like heavenly bodies.

Christine Nguyen, Constellations Sunflower I, 2017, cyanotype on watercolor paper, 137.16 x 129.54 cm

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