“To her soup of associations surrounding the chicken, both personal and universal, Nguyen adds cutouts from Vietnam War era comic books. They are portraits of chickens arched in a tight composition (as if embryonic) trying to gasp for air in a jungle where men in camouflage wait to ambush with guns. These soldiers are bearers of blood — an imaginary experience to Nguyen as she is an American-born daughter to Vietnamese refugees. Here, blood is realized through Nguyen’s appropriation of sensationalized imagery— like from a blockbuster movie. Put all this in the hands of an accomplished painter and a master printmaker and you have something beautiful, strange, inexplicable, and bold. Each piece seems to strut of its stretcher bars or of the paper, filled with confidence but also agitation and a lot of nervous energy.”
– James Prosek, Introduction Essay for Chickens of the Torrid Summer Catalog, Norwalk Community College
Tammy Nguyen (b.1984) is a New York-based artist born in San Francisco, CA. Nguyen is a multi-media artist who creates research-based fiction often dealing with geopolitical issues through the depiction of flora and fauna. Solo exhibitions include Primate Cities, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017); Chickens of the Torrid Summer, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT (2014); and Hermes, the Epiphytes, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2014). She also participated in Bronx Calling: Bronx Museum 3rd AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY (2015). Tammy Nguyen founded Passenger Pigeon Press in 2016, an independent press that addresses geopolitics, science, and identity through visual art and writing. Her awards and residencies include Scholar Program at The Center for Book Arts (2014-2015); Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill (2014); and Bronx Artist-in-the-Marketplace, Bronx Museum (2014). She received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Art.
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