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Q&A with Diem Chau | 2008 Fellowship, Visual

Artist Trust

Q: What kind of art do you make?
A: I’m known for my embroidered porcelain art and miniature crayon and pencil carvings.  I like to work with everyday objects using “crafty” techniques. 
Q: What did you use your award for?
A: I used most of my 2008 Fellowship funds for studio rent and supplies.  I think the greatest thing it gave me was piece of mind, knowing I had rent covered and was able to work. 
Q: What was the impact of this award and Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: It gave me a great sense of accomplishment and I was honored to be recognized alongside artists that I’ve looked up to.  It was huge boost of confidence!

A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986. Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts and has received an Artist Trust GAP Grant and a PONCHO Artist-in-Residence Award. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of storytelling, myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau’s current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.
Referenced: Artist’s website