Nguyen Viet Cuong


The Last Piece of Meat

Acrylic on cardboard

20 x 30 cm

I have lived in Saigon for more than ten years. I have shopped at supermarkets for just as many years but had never seen the stock run out as quickly as the recent days. I was overwhelmed by this occurrence, so I painted this scene using the box of my newly replaced kitchen light. Light is energy. Food is energy. Art, to me, is also energy.

Sai Gon Box is a small project that I did during the lockdown period in Saigon during the COVID-19 pandemic. I used my personal perspective and drew how Saigon looked during these pandemic days on a cardboard box. These are relief boxes from online orders that I had received. Being restricted from going outside has given me time to turn inward and observe and self-reflect. This reflection has helped me light up my creative energy for the idea for this project.

(Text courtesy of the artist)