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Two works by Ann Phong. Left: The Journey in the Dark. Acrylic with used objects. 2023. Right: Looking Up from the Bottom of Life. Mixed media. 2016. (Images courtesy of the artist.)

Vietnamese American artist Ann Phong speaks about her work.

Friday, June 2, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
1246 Public Affairs Building

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"Ann Phong: Re-Evaluating Normal" continues the artist's exploration of global challenges that reshaped her as an individual, as well as society as a whole.

Rendered in vibrant hues, intense impasto textures, and embedded found objects, Phong's large-scale paintings ruminate on memories of war and migration; the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; contemporary social, political, and racial tensions; and the negative impact of humans on the environment. Through expressive abstraction, Phong transforms her paintings into an invitation to pause, think, and recalibrate how we co-exist. "Re-Evaluating Normal" prompts us to re-imagine building a better normal.

Instagram: @artist.annphong


Ann Phong is a gifted painter with a penchant for subtle but nonetheless critical narrative. Phong juxtaposes heavily impasto layers with finer, more transparent ones, as well as vaguely delineated images to convey the complexity of her feelings (from Daniella Walsh, Febuary 1998. Visual Artsource). 

Ann Phong received her MFA at CSU Fullerton in 1995. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, solo or group in more than 200 exhibitions at galleries and museums such as the Watts Towers Art Center (Los Angeles, California), the Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, California), Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (Kitakyushu, Japan), Center Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), Gandong Art Center (Seoul, Korea), Red Roof Museum (Chengdu China), and Andaman Museum (Bangkok, Thailand). She served as Board President of the VAALA (Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association) between 2009 and 2018. She is faculty in the Department of Art at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches Drawing and Painting.

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies