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"Where the Heart Is" Free Virtual Artist Talks--Winter 2021

The Palo Alto Art Center is excited to present a series of free virtual artist talks in conjunction with our Where the Heart Is: Contemporary Art from Immigrant Artists exhibition. Share your Friday afternoons with these diverse and engaging artists!

Friday, February 19, 5 p.m., Jiha Moon--link to recording here

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Her gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She takes cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify, yet stay in a familiar zone. 

Artist Jiha Moon in her studio surrounded by ceramic sculptures

Friday, March 5, 5 p.m., Maria Paz--link to recording here

Maria Paz (b. Quilpue, Chile) is a self- taught Latinx sculptor based in Oakland, California. Her work explores the bond broken with her home country and how her experience as an immigrant in the United States has shaped a multiplicity of identities within her. By painting visions of Chile, her ancestors and her higher self, Paz archives her personal history on her ceramic vessels as an act of resilience. Each piece tells a different story, often telling several, many of which are brightly colored in an homage to the palette of Latinx culture in the Americas. 

 Artist Maria Paz in her studio with a painting in back and a sculpture in the foreground

Friday, March 12, 5 p.m., Yulia Pinkusevich--link to recording here

Yulia Pinkusevich is an artist and educator born in Kharkov, Ukraine (USSR). Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, her family fled the eastern block as refugees, immigrating to New York City. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, graduating both universities with highest honors. Yulia has exhibited nationally and internationally including site-specific projects executed in Paris, France and Buenos Aires Argentina. Yulia’s art is in the public collection of the De Young Memorial Museum, Stanford University, Facebook HQ, Google HQ and the City of Albuquerque. 

 Headshot of artist Yulia Pinkusevich in black and white

Friday, April 2, 5 p.m., Lien Truong--register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136976611733

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Lien Truong's practice examines cultural and political ideologies; and the visual and material hierarchies intertwined in the formation of histories and belief systems. Her work has been presented in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery; North Carolina Museum of Art; Station Museum of Contemporary Art; Weatherspoon Art Museum; Oakland Museum of California; Art Hong Kong; Sea Focus, Singapore; Southern Exposure; Nhasan Collective and Galerie Quynh in Vietnam; Turner Carroll Gallery; Patricia Sweetow Gallery and 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel. She was a recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the North Carolina Arts Council; and residencies at the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project. Reviews and mention of her work are included in Art Asia PacificThe San Francisco ChronicleHouston ChronicleOakland TribuneNew American Paintings, and ARTit Japan. Truong is an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 Artist Lien Trung seated in front of one of her paintings