I, Buffalo comes from a series called “Musings of an Origin.” In this series, Truong speaks to the worldwide textile trade dating back to the Silk Road. The tactile and unfinished quality of her work gives one a whirling sense of travelling along time and space– along the Silk Roads of centuries past through to American West, with fluttering cloth surrounded by elegantly colorful plants and distant mountains. Drawing on motifs from The East (as both a concrete location and an abstract fiction), as well as the complex narratives that exist around the textile trade, Truong’s art twists and bends common understandings of Asia and those historical narratives, offering up alternatives in her finished paintings. Her work re-imagines colonial, transnational, and conflict riddled histories and calls into question origin, nationality, and borders.
Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art.
© Lien Truong