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Mylyn Nguyen: One day I will live in a forest

One day I will live in a forest
with goats, rabbits, a dog and a river.
I will have fish come visit me every spring and winter, and
in autumn and summer, we would be off to journey
islands and valleys, mountains and skies.
I will learn how to talk to dragons and listen to flowers,
bears, mosquitoes and moss.
I will invite every adventure to my home in the forest with
my goats, rabbits, a dog and a river, and tea would be

Over eight years, Mylyn Nguyen has developed several solo exhibitions for the Gallery that have whimsically explored childhood curiosities, as well as created work for over twenty group shows. Nguyen received a Master of Visual Arts in 2006 from Sydney College of the Arts, with her sculpture in the university exhibition Utility receiving an award. This marked a pivotal point in the development and direction of her work. Notably since then, Nguyen has exhibited internationally twice with Brenda May Gallery/MAY SPACE at Art Stage Singapore, taking a solo installation titled Bombus in 2014, which was composed of 1,000 handcrafted bees.

Until May of this year, Nguyen’s work utilising commonplace objects and folded insects were hidden in the walls of the Murray Art Museum in Albury, waiting to be found. In 2015, Nguyen was selected for inclusion in Installation Contemporary, a curated component of Sydney Contemporary, where she made a site-specific installation of paper moth-filled habitats below peoples’ feet.

Nguyen has created many comprehensive bodies of work, as well as smaller projects, varying in appearance, approach and materials. She has manipulated hair to form birds around glass orbs containing silhouetted scenes, and whittled tiny worlds into household furniture. She has also carved sugar cubes and moulded fairy floss to form miniature scenes and cloud-like snails, respectively. In 2014 Nguyen created a series of polymer clay schoolgirls with long dark hair that morphed into various animals; eerie human-faced birds also shaped from hair, nestled in dried organic matter; and 115 intricate paper bugs carting peculiar burdens that crawled up the walls of the Gallery. With this body of work, Nguyen's incredible skill and wondrous imagination mushroomed, extending the sense of spectacle and intrigue her artworks continuously generate. In 2015 Nguyen’s intricate artworks utilised hidden clock mechanisms, as to create birds that fly, plants that grow, snails that scoot along and grass emerging from the earth.


Event starts
Tuesday 1 August, 2017
Event Ends
Saturday 19 August, 2017
May Space
Venue Address
409b George Street, Waterloo

New South Wales, Sydney

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