' Saigonese artist Nguyen Duc Diem Quynh (b.1988) studied fine art at HCMC Fines Arts Association and later architecture at HCMC University of Architecture, graduating in 2007 and 2012. Since 2010 Quỳnh has worked with a range of mixed media in both solo and group exhibitions around Saigon. Her showings in alternative art spaces, such Sao La Gallery and Zero Station, demonstrates the vanguard nature of her conceptual work in Vietnam.
Encouraged by her uncle and inspired by his career as an obstetrician, Quỳnh’s work explores pregnancy, labour and birth with both a scientific and a creative lens. Her unashamed focus on such non-traditional subject matter is an admirable challenge of entrenched cultural reservations concerning notions of femininity in contemporary Vietnam. Using organic materials such as mushrooms, peaches, and orchids, Quỳnh experiments with distilling and fermenting natural matter to investigate colour, texture, and form. So whilst Quỳnh’s work is animated by ideas surrounding the creation of life, it is equally concerned with the processes of decomposition that appear at a cellular level. Seeing these materials, manipulated and abstracted, the viewer is left curious about ideas of conception, both artistic and reproductive.'
Maria Sowter (London, United Kingdom)