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

Mulherin, New York is presenting ‘Mother of Pearl’ an exhibition of new works by Canadian artist Winnie Truong.This exhibition includes larger than life portraits which draw influences between nature and anatomy, object and beauty. These works use soft pastels and coloured 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 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 coveted while those carefully cultivated are disparagingly cast alongside their reproductions.Truong was born in 1988 and she lives and works in Toronto. She involves coloured pencil 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 experience. Truong is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council visual arts grants and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 401 Richmond Career Launcher prize, W.O. Forsyth award, and the 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: katharinemulherin.comClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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