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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: Winnie Truong’s Surreal Pencil Crayon Tresses
April 12, 2014
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Winnie Truong

Born: Toronto, 1988

Lives and works: Toronto

The work: Truong’s drawings, rendered in pencil crayons, home in on everything that makes us respond to — and get creeped out by — hair. In each one, the figure becomes consumed by their mane, which gets transformed into skulls, teeth or even beehives. As Truong points out to, "working with hair is a way for me to question and subvert our heavily coded ideas of beauty and the status quo."

Where do the skulls come in?: Images of skulls have started appearing in Truong's more recent work, a reminder of death and mortality. "Those pieces developed around my most recent show Rites of Passage," she said. "The subjects in this series explore the feelings of being both simultaneously youthful and mortal; aloof and still full of wonder."

Truong's side gig: "I had a few non-speaking acting roles as a police sketch artist on a Discovery Channel program that revolved around forensic re-enactments. I also did a few police sketches for a psychic investigation show."

You can see Truong’s show Rites of Passage at Gallery Benoni in Copenhagen until April 24, and she’s working toward a solo exhibition in November at Erin Stump Projects in Toronto.


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