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Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Sculpture, Installation, Public Art. These are the varied artforms practiced by three Hmong American Artists whose work holds a common tendency to push boundaries while honoring cultural roots. Join and listen as they present their work, and converse about the current and future state of Digital, Technology-Based, and Public Art in the Hmong Community.
In Conversation; An Artist Talk with Kao Lee Thao, Tou Yia Xiong & Sieng Lee
When? Thursday, November 19 at 7PM
Where? CHAT Studio 220, 995 University Ave (Second Floor), Saint Paul, MN
This is a free event. All ages are welcome.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
ABOUT KAO LEE THAO: Kao Lee Thao began her journey when her mother crossed the Mekong River while she was cradled in her womb. Her family escaped to America in 1976 with only $5 in their pocket to begin a new life; settling in La Crescent, Minnesota. Kao Lee’s arrival to the world created another journey for her mother across the Mississippi River to give birth in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Water and travel have become central ideas in her paintings. Her work is infused with an expressively fluid style that allows viewers to travel into the past and see the echo of Hmong folktales, themes, and patterns passed down verbally from generation to generation in the Hmong culture.
“Art is an inspired Echo of human existence.”
ABOUT TOU YIA XIONG: Tou Yia Xiong is an illustrator and designer working across multiple creative disciplines. He has experience in graphic design, game development, and product design. By day he is an award-winning children’s toy designer at The Manhattan Toy Company. By night, he is a creative ninja, doing freelance work, exploring art community engagements, and tinkering on personal and collaborative projects. When he is not creating, he enjoys playing frisbee with his dog Momo!
ABOUT SIENG LEE: Sieng Lee is a graphic designer and current MCAD graduate student. His focus is on identity and utilizing the principles of graphic design, such as empathy in his self exploration through art.
Recently Sieng was one of the featured artist who participated in a local art show called The Travelers, displaying his work with other contemporary Hmong American artist in the twin cities metropolitan area. Sieng poses many cultural questions of identity and existence to young Hmong Americans such as himself who are in the midst of cultural transition.
ABOUT CHAT: CHAT exists to nurture, explore and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions. CHAT envisions a vibrant community where Hmong American artists are inspired to share their perspectives, valued for their creative contributions, and empowered to challenge life’s boundaries.
ABOUT Northern.Lights.mn: Northern Lights is a roving, collaborative, interactive media-oriented, art agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.
Northern Lights supports global and local artists working particularly at the intersection of disciplines to freely create new work that excites the senses, explores ideas that matter, and re-imagines ways of energetic engagement among artists, institutions, sites, and audiences.
Brought to you by Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT), Northern.Lights.mn, and the Jerome Foundation.