WARRENSBURG — Artist and art educator Sarah Nguyen will present a program, “The Forgotten Dreams,” based on her art at the Feb. 25 meeting of Mid-Missouri Artists. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts room of the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. All MMA programs are free and open to the public.
Nguyen describes her paintings as evoking memory, play, ritual, the dissolving boundaries of waking life and dreams. She uses a balance of abstract and representational forms in order to sever the connection between shape and meaning, connecting the viewer instead to the gesture of the brush, so that s/he becomes complicit in the art.
Using modern mediums and techniques, she renders each subject then allows forces such as gravity, chemical interaction, and random chance to take over and dissolve the forms, reflecting the occasional dissolving of between self and other, that we experience when engaged in universal human activities such as play, ritual, and art.
Nguyen is a painter living and working in rural Missouri. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits and publications nationally and internationally. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She works as an Art Instructor at the University of Central Missouri and Art Editor of Pleiades Magazine and Pleiades Press. She currently lives in central Missouri with her husband and writer Phong Nguyen and their three sons.
Release courtesy of Mid-Missouri Artists.