"Rites of Passage"
4/4 - 24/4
As we pass through life, we go through traditional and invisible landmarks of
transformation. Proceeding from birth to adolescence, marriage and then death, there
are significant occasions marked by physical change and common ritual. However for
the times in-between where the shift is more abstract as an idea, identity and feeling,
these events go unseen and without custom or celebration.
Rites of Passage is an exhibition that explores the transition from youth to
oblivion. Truong's incredibly detailed drawings playfully imagine the feeling of age
and the precariousness of time as a surface extension of character. The subjects in her
portraits are poised for no specific occasion, neither celebrating nor lamenting their
experience of humanity and death. With the experience of getting older, personality
and psyche are in a state of flux, making the feelings of growth and decay
simultaneous and ambiguous. The rites of passage then become unclear, leaving
mortality to be donned and adorned by these characters merely as ornament.
All at once beautiful and grotesque, familiar and discomforting; Truong's
drawings question and subvert our heavily coded ideas of beauty and the status quo
while inspiring the imagination.