For over fifteen years, my artwork has been created using one material, Vietnamese traditional handmade Dó paper. I use this paper to create large scale sculptural installations, which is a departure from the traditional use of Dó paper in Vietnamese art. This paper is, made from the bark of the Dó tree, traditionally used to make woodcut folk prints called Đông Hồ. This type of folk print is believed to have existed since 11th century.
The core of my practice is impermanence. The body and mind are forever changing. The body is subjected to growth and decline while the mind is constructed and deconstructed. When we die, our bodies will return to the earth and they will return to their basic building blocks such as dirt, water and air. All of which will support other life. This constant state of flux, is how I define impermanence.
My artwork, is an extension of myself and a manifestation of an idea. It lives in the material world and is impermanent. My works are made with delicate materials from natural sources. They will naturally transform and eventually return to their basic elemental forms, along with the part of me that exists within it.
My art making process can be understood as a cycle of impermanence starting and ending with material.