Joy Element: Cutting Paper and More
October 12 - November 14, 2017
Ro2 Art at The Magnolia Theatre
Ro2 Art is thrilled to present ‘Joy Element – cutting paper and more,’ a solo exhibition featuring new mixed media works by artist Julia Trinh. The show will run from October 12 through November 14, 2017. There will be an opening reception held Thursday, October 12, from 6-8 p.m. at The Magnolia Theatre’s Second Floor Bar, located in West Village at 3699 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.
In her work, Julia Trinh explores texture and its relationship between organic form and geometric line and shape. Although Trinh works with often unpredictable mixed media materials, her process is incredibly intuitive. After cutting magazine pages into repetitive, linear strips, Trinh incorporates other materials, such as fabric, canvas, beeswax, oil pigment, and acrylic paint, to alter the structured nature of the paper. She is fascinated by the varying effects that each material offers. For example, the malleability of beeswax allows it to be melted, sculpted, scraped, or gouged down to reveal unexpected layers.
Of her work Trinh states, “I always attempt to approach my work with a sense of experimentation, playfulness and deliberation. Most of my work turns out totally different than when I started. I have found that my best work comes when I allow the beeswax to tell me what it wants to become. My working process can be effortless or challenging; either way, I am pulled along, fascinated by the process.”
Julia L Trinh was born in Laos and immigrated to the U.S. in 1980. After a ten-year career in administration management, she started to paint and completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in various curated exhibitions nationally and locally, including the show that was selected for a solo exhibition at the University of North Texas in 2011. Notable curators include Ro2 Art, Julie Shipp, Vincent Falsetta, Bonny Leibowitz, Julie Torres, Jessica McCambly, and John Oliver Lewis. Her work has also been included in many juried shows. Jurors include Melissa Miller, Gavin Morrison, Ryder Richards, Laura Green, and Iris Bechtol, to name a few. One of her works received the 1st Place Award in the Plano Art Association Annual 125 Juried exhibition in Plano, Texas where she currently lives.