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Process diary

Monica Trieu

Canley Vale High School

Artwork title
The unseen casualties
HSC year
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

In a world of increasing Western influence, there is a sense of disconnection from one’s own culture. My body of work highlights my lack of understanding of my Chinese culture, combined with the global issue of climate change. The bleaching of coral can be said to be similar to the bleaching of Chinese culture. I have subverted Chinese written text, creating a new language with no translation where the audience may experience difficulties in comprehending what is written. Ink drawings of reefs depict the coral as masses of bodies left to decay out of humanity’s sight and mind.

Influencing artists:
Xu Bing
Koichi Yamamoto
Yang Yongliang
Zhao Mengfu