Thu Kim Vu was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam from an artist family where her mother is a painter and her father is a craft designer. For her artist talk, she will share her works as an artist for the past 10 years and focus mostly on how traveling has transformed her art in the last 2 years through different residencies through United States, Korea, Malaysia and India. Thu's presentation will take place on Thursday, September 16th from 6-7pm at the Hyde Park Art Center.
On Friday, September 24th, 6-9pm Thu Vu will be presenting one of her recent installations at 2ND FLR Gallery in Pilsen, 903 W. 19th St. 2nd flr. Come see her artwork for the special one night event in person!
Thu Kim Vu was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam from an artist family where her mother is a painter and her father is a craft designer. She graduated her BFA from Hanoi University of Fine Arts where her study focused on figurative painting and drawing as well as Vietnamese traditional lacquer art. In 1998, Thu Vu went to Maine College of Art, Portland, ME for one semester under the fellowship from Indochina Arts Partnership for international exchange student to study printmaking. At this period of time, Thu discovered a strong relationship between her drawing and intaglio from which she wanted to become a printmaker.
Back to Vietnam, Thu graduated her BFA and received another grant in 2000 to come to study her Post- Baccalaureate and MFA at School of The Art Institute of Chicago. During this time, Thu’s works focused on the interior space reflecting the mental, emotional feeling differences between Vietnam and the US where she got a great culture shock of change. Later, Thu Vu’s works was transformed into public theater space combined with her interest in dance and classical music.
During her last year in Chicago in 2004 after her MFA graduation, Thu had been teaching for the Early College Program at The School of The Arts Institute of Chicago, Yollocalli Youth Museum, Brickton Art Center , Lill Street Art Center and Hyde Park Art Center.
Thu Vu came back to Vietnam in 2004 and resides as a freelance artist as well as an adjunct faculty teaching Visual Arts at Troy University in Hanoi. Thu Vu received the Freeman Fellowship to come to the Artist residency Program at Vermont Studio Center for March - April 2008 and received Jerome Fellowship to be a visiting artist at New York Mills Regional cultural center, Minnesota in July 2008. Her current works have been expanded to doodle drawing and combined with different paper construction setting. Thu’s new works deal with emotional, mental as well as physical aspect of using lines, brushstroke as a method of self discovery as a form of meditation.
In 2009, Thu came to Goyang National Art studio, Korea under Asia Pacific Fellowship and discovered a new dimension in her work experimenting with large scale and seeing her doodle work expand into a scale larger than herself. At the same year, she also travelled to Malaysia and finally ended up in Sanskriti Kendra, India under the Unesco Aschbergh Fellowship. India has brought a new colorful energy into her works especially the influences from the Indian Rangoli into her doodle. She immediately found the connection between the process of Rangoli making and her works has a great meaning of embracing the impermanence.
Thu Kim Vu is currently travelling as the artist in residence at the Seven Below Arts Innitiatives, VT and Djerassi, California in United States.