AP Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition, Phiona Pham

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Friday, April 17, 2015,
Venue: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Phiona Pham - True Self: Contextual Identities

Artist Reception:  Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

True Self: Contextual Identities aims to construct a complete image of the subject by examining multiple aspects of her life, from a social perspective, to her ideal identity illustrated in her series of selfies, to the perspective of the artist achieved through photographs, paintings, and sculptures. Each medium contributes a unique view of the sitter, through the possibilities afforded by the distinct language inherent in each material.

The artist states that, “True Self: Contextual Identities is a project in which I rethink the concept of the self through a process of investigating the idea of identity from both a macro and micro level. Due to the rapid development of technology, which profoundly affects the perception of a whole new generation, the concept of the self has consequently changed. By examining how people present themselves under different social contexts versus how others interpret these behaviors, I present the audience with a chance to observe where these two views may clash. Any possible juxtaposition between the two views allows one to creatively reconstruct a more comprehensive image of a person.”

Phiona Pham’s project does not aim to answer any expansive question about identity or self, but represents instead a personal experiment to reexamine her process of getting to know another individual, to rethink the idea of identity, to look beyond one’s shell and to catch a glimpse of one’s soul.


Artist Bio:

Dallas resident Phiona Pham was born in Vietnam; her Buddhist beliefs influence her creative process as an artist. She first studied art at Lone Star College in Houston for three years. Later, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Performance with Honors at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, and has received the Juror’s award in conjunction with the annual invitational Spring Show at UT Dallas.  

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