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ARTIST

ANNESTA LE

I saw one of Le’s light works about a year ago and thought her use of the light as form and symbol merged into a single work which went beyond many of the artists working with such mediums. Let’s get more insight into her play with light.

THE INTERVIEW AQA: Were you born in Vietnam?
 LE: I actually wasn’t born in Vietnam. I was born in the United States as soon as my parents arrived. They came to America after escaping Vietnam on a small boat and spending three months at a refugee camp in Thailand. AQA: What was that like for you as a kid? LE: At times it felt lonely and tumultuous. There was a lot of shifting and moving around. I struggled to find my identity for a long time. I was trying to figure out my place in the world. AQA: What did your parents do for a living? LE: My dad was an engineer and my mom did clerical work. AQA: When did you move to the USA? LE: I was born and raised here. I’m American. AQA: When did you start making art? LE: I started making my own art when I was around 15 years old. At that time not many of my peers had computers. My dad would bring home these old computers and I would make computer graphics on them and make digital art pixel by pixel. I then started making desktop backgrounds. After a few years of that, I eventually found an online community where others and I could share our work. We would collaborate, critique and comment on each other’s works online. I probably still have that art somewhere on floppy disks in my house. It didn’t get serious until about four years ago. I wanted to get away from the digital side of things and wanted to do something more tactile. I began to paint, it was the first thing I could do that would allow me to express immediately and I started making small paintings. When I did this, I felt I had rediscovered myself and I went mad creating all these small paintings in my apartment before getting a studio.

ART QA Magazine AUTUMN 2015  

ART QA magazine features contemporary art reviews, artist interviews, art stories and special features. This issue features interviews with...

ART QA Magazine AUTUMN 2015  

ART QA magazine features contemporary art reviews, artist interviews, art stories and special features. This issue features interviews with...

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