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'Mother of Pearl' by Winnie Truong at Mulherin, New York

Winnie Truong, A Softer Shell, 2017, colored pencil on paper, 46 x 50 inches
(Courtesy of the artist and Mulherin New York)

A new selection of portraits by Winnie Truong is coming to New York in an exhibition held by the Mulherin gallery. Titled ‘Mother of Pearl,’ the exhibition sees Truong’s fantastical works exhibited for the first time since their creation.

The exhibition includes larger-than-life portraits that draw influences between nature and anatomy, object, and beauty. The works use soft pastels and colored pencils to portray women in a sensual environment. This new body of works is a continuation of Winnie Truong’s previous work on the subject of beauty and hair. Her recent drawings weave the female figure with familiar forms from the natural world, and these figures take inspiration from the qualities of pearl as they turn this hard gem beyond embellishment. This series teases the legacy of this valuable object. The natural pearl is rare and envied, while those carefully cultivated are disparagingly cast alongside their reproductions.

Truong was born in 1988, and lives and works in Toronto. She uses colored pencils in her art as a nostalgic and seemingly juvenile tool unrestrained by the complications of art history and adult life. Her large-scale drawings are an equal balance of visual and primeval experiences. Truong is a recipient of Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts grants. She has received numerous awards including 401 Richmond Career Launcher prize, W.O. Forsyth award, and BMO 1st! Art Award for Ontario.

This exhibition runs through October 29, 2017 at Mulherin New York, 124 Forsyth Street, New York, NY, USA 10002.

For details, visit: www.katharinemulherin.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.