Artist Anh Duong Jigsaw Puzzle
B. 1960 Bordeaux, lives and works in New York City
Jigsaw Puzzle Size: (Vertical) 12"x 16.5" (310mm×418mm) 285 Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, ESKA Premium Board.
Collector Edition of 20 + 2AP
Original Artwork: Title: Fracture, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36" 2009
There is a Giacometti phrase, “The biggest adventure is to see something new in the same face over and over.”
I have painted self-portraits as a diary of an inner dialogue. They are an ongoing narrative, a record of a psychological journey. The emotional and compositional center of this painting are the eyes. They gaze directly out of the paintings at the viewer, with an inscrutable expression, that may suggest uncertainty, vulnerability, a longing or perhaps none of these - but always with an underlying resilience and power. The face is blank and empty of affect, but there is a suggestion of raw emotion under this mask.
Every work of an artist is a self-portrait. I am more conscious of that process than most. The subject matter disappears through repetition. In the painting “Fracture" I have chosen the most mondaine and repetitive act of the daily use of the mirror when washing in the bathroom. We are used to see ourselves reversed in the reflection of the mirror and we forget to see ourselves for who we really are. Because there is only the reflection of the subject starring back at us one can wonder Is the artist looking at herself or the viewer and becoming the reflection? And it is the never-ending dialogue between the mirror image and the real self
As an artist, I see nearly everything as a portrait. The perfume the pills the makeup are an extension of the sitter. I am interested in the intimacy and attachment with certain objects. A story told through things that a woman can hide behind or put to the center stage, bringing comfort or release. The painting arises from interior emotions and autobiographical moments but not literal memories. Self- portrait is more than a fixation of the memory. It is a conversation with the self-reflection where emotions can be processed through paint and analyzed in a pictorial manner.
This self-portrait is not about representing myself but embodying a woman's emotional journey. Using myself to connect with the viewer through inner feelings
I hope that people looking at this self-portrait will see passages of their own lives.
"Most of my work is about relationships—my relationship with myself, with others, with the world, and, by implication, the relationship that women have with their own self-image." Anh Duong ARTSPACE
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Biography: Anh Duong was born in Bordeaux, France to a Vietnamese father and Spanish mother. She studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and danced with the Franchetti Academy of Classical Dance. In 1988 she moved to New York City where she began painting. In 1991 Sperone Westwater Gallery featured Duong's first painting exhibition in New York. Her earliest self-portrait titled Summer in Montauk (1988) was included in a 1997 show at the PMMK Museum of Modern Art in Ostend, Belgium. Two years later (1999), the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont prese|nted her first solo exhibition of self-portraits with more than 65 works on display.
Her latest solo exhibitions have been in New York at the Sonnabend Gallery and London at the Robilant & Voena gallery. The National Portrait Gallery (United States) acquired an 8 x 6-foot portrait Duong painted of Diane von Furstenberg for their permanent collection. In 2019 Duong was commissioned to sculpt the 50 stars that are part of the entrance wall of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. Duong has since become a recognized painter in New York City. Forgetting the subject to focus on the technical painting itself, she focuses on the portrait, and mostly the self-portrait that she has painted on a daily basis as a diary. "(...) her paintings expose an unexpected, unglamorous, intimate relationship with her body (...) Duong's paintings should be viewed as contributions to a different genre - they belong alongside the work of women such as Dora Maar, Anaïs Nin, and Frida Kahlo, artists who compellingly exposed interior worlds whose beauty, intelligence, and character-inspired creativity, both in themselves and in others" (artnet Magazine, 2004). Duong has also worked on a number of portraits commissioned by collectors such as Bruno Bischofberger, Princess Maria Theresia Alexandra of Thurn and Taxis (daughter of Gloria von Thurn und Taxis), and Simon de Pury. Duong's latest portrait has been a sculpture standing nine feet tall in stainless steel of Diane von Furstenberg commissioned by Barry Diller for the figurehead of his boat Eos.