Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Tiffany Le
Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Canvass, Print, Paper, LED Lights, Pipes, Watercolor, Acrylic, Ink, Charcoal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Tiffany was born and raised in Garden Grove, California. He parents had escaped from Vietnam so that she could live here in the United States. Tiffany had an interest in art since she was 3 years old, then she joined an after school program that allowed her to further her interest. She is going to graduate in May with an MFA for illustration.
Her artwork consists of many different types of watercolor and prints upon canvass and paper. The color black, yellow, and red are a common factor in her pieces. Many of her illustrations include water, and while there are many swirls, the overall pictures appear rough and dangerous. Many of the pictures include smoke or foamy water to convey a sense of confusion. The pictures can be found at the bottom of the page.
Tiffany’s works are meant to bring awareness to the difficulties of her parents. The year 1974 was when the largest immigration of her people to the U.S. occurred. She told me personally that she never knew much about her family because they often do not want to speak of the past. Additionally she noted that in U.S. history classes they never really touched on the subject. Her own father had failed 6 to 7 times trying to escape staying in a safe house from his own country. She said that he recalled seeing people fighting to board the escape boat and other people shoving them off. Finally he waited on the side, and later they decided to pick him up. Her own aunt tried swimming to the larger boat off in the distance until they too decided to help her aboard. Many of her pieces show clothing and objects that the families had to bring with them, others show the treacherous journey from ships. The entire point is to exemplify her countries struggles and to show that it was not easy to get where they have come today.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really believe we can learn from Tiffany’s works in the situation today. Syrian refugees should be able to come into our country. They are looking for safety and many do not wish to join ISIS, but if we do not allow them an opportunity for an escape, we may be adding militia to the ISIS army. It truly bothers me when people complain about immigrants coming into our country because we are a country of immigrants. It is hypocritical for us to feel as though we have more right to live in this country than others based on our privileges. The truth is if the tables were turned we would be begging for the opportunity to be safe ourselves. From the difficult journey we can see through Tiffany’s works, we must be reminded that what we are so lucky to have what we do. Our lives, our lifestyles, as well as our choices, were all given to us by the luck of the draw. They are privileges. How is it our right to take other person’s privileges away?