Wk 12- Artist Conversation -Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tàu

Media: Canvas, Water color paintings, Paper, Charcoal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: http://www.letealeaf.com

Instagram: @letealeaf 

About the Artist:

Tiffany grew up in Garden Grove California. She  is currently a CSULB student in the masters program of Illustrations. She will be finished with her masters this May. Tiffany has been drawing from a very early age. At the age of three she would copy the pictures from cereal boxes. For her hobbies she enjoys Japanese fencing and playing with her bunnies.

Formal Analysis:

Tiffany’s paintings primarily uses watercolors. They tend to be very dark and foreboding. She uses a lot black and dark muddy reds in her paintings. Tiffany uses black to paint the water in her pieces making them seem more dark and mysterious then if they were painted with the traditional light blue. In Tiffany’s exhibit there was also a centered piece that hand many paper boats placed around it. The center piece consisted a a very large paper boat placed on a painted swirls that give me the impression of a black

Content Analysis:

Tiffany’s exhibit  Tàu was inspired by the stories of Vietnamese  American refugees.  Tàu means boat in Vietnamese and it is featured in all of her pieces in this exhibit. You can see all the dark imagery in her paintings that reflects the emotions and danger that the refugees faced when they had to flee their country.


This exhibit is really thought provoking when you realize the history that it is referencing. Looking at some of the work made me wonder if there was a larger story behind their  creation. She seems to combine fantasy imagery in her paintings that help lighten and bring hope to the dark of war and fire.


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