Lena Bui


Circulations, #7


Ink and watercolor painting on silk and archival paper

53 x 38 x 6.5 cm

Inspired by a vivid dream where multiple creatures pass through the artist’s own body, moving as if through a portal between this world and others, the series Circulations by Lena Bui re-imagines one’s soul not as a singular entity but a valley full of numerous forms and energies constantly in-flux. This Buddhist-influenced and dream-inspired fantasy perhaps demonstrates a desire to break from the linear time space continuum and analytical logic governing today’s world, in the hope of connecting with other lifeforms on a deeper level. Each work consists of the top layer of images painted in ink and watercolor on silk stretched on a wooden frame; its back a photograph or another drawing on paper. The visual details take inspiration from various sources: blown up body cells to DNA strips, plants, earth, water, air, symbols of birth and decay, symbols of man-made structures, etc. Collectively, the series is influenced by and returns to notions of circulation, the sacred and circumambulation.  

The work is on permanent display at the Khai Sang headquarters, Paragon, HCMC, Vietnam.

(Edited from text provided by artist)