"My images are bound in religion, mythology, and war. Images of Southeast Asian victims of war and mythological icons are set in a background of colored washes, splashes, curious lines, and resin. Inundating with pools of colors, the washes and splashes are waters and oils to cleanse and purify."
Thuy Linh Bennett Kang was born in Vietnam to a Vietnamese mother and American father. They fled war-torn Vietnam to America in 1975. Upon receiving her Bachelor's in Art at The University of Florida, she taught high school art outside Chicago. Concurrently, Thuy Linh worked towards her Masters in Art Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After years of working as a teacher, she relocated to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Thuy Linh’s love of working with children led her to volunteer her time at orphanages in Kazakhstan. She taught art to first graders at a grade school orphanage and assisted at a baby orphanage. Witnessing the plight of the orphans made her more cognizant of her own history.
She felt that human tragedies, in all aspects, particularly affect children and their voices are rarely heard. A strong desire to be the voice of unheard children affected by atrocities grew within her. This motivated her to delve into her own past and the Vietnam War.
Thuy Linh has exhibited internationally in Kazakhstan, Belgium, and The Netherlands, as well as, throughout the United States. She hopes that through her work, she becomes a voice for these children of war. A story told through the washes of color on the canvas, and in the faces of children.
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