VCA ART 2021

Melissa Nguyen

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting)

I am interested in the translation of images through different methods of transposition to question the manufactured ‘image’. Through paint, I manipulate images to create ambiguous and seemingly illogical compositions. Each mediation acts to destroy, recontextualise and then create curiosity about the image’s construction.

The intensely saturated colours create a saccharine filter that masks the underlying images and questions the artificial characteristics of images. Drawing on images from personal archives and youth fan culture, my practice plays with sincerity and kitsch. I look to investigate the obsessive nature of fandoms and my disconnection from my own cultural heritage.

Melissa Nguyen, Funeral Hues, Perfume, ink, and fabric dye on calico cotton, 2021. Documentation by Panisa Ongwat.
Melissa Nguyen, Our Moment, Oil on canvas, 2021.
Melissa Nguyen, Obsessed For Men, Oil on canvas, 2021. Documentation by ALEC.
Melissa Nguyen, installation view, Oil on canvas, 2021. Documentation by ALEC.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campus is situated, the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nations, who have created art, made music and told their stories here for thousands of generations. We also acknowledge and extend our respect to the Traditional Owners of all lands on which our work is viewed, shared and enjoyed, and to all Elders, past, present and emerging.

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