This solo exhibition of works by Andy Mullens uses found photographs, stitch, and sculpture to explore the artist’s Vietnamese heritage. Inspired by her first visit to Saigon, the birthplace of her mother, Mullens examines her negotiation of her cultural identity. Through her art Mullens reworks cultural symbols, reinterpreting them through a lens that she feels is both/neither Vietnamese and/or Australian. She employs thread, re-purposed objects, and found photographs purchased from flea markets in Vietnam to create her discussion. Mullens appropriates the Vietnamese national colours of gold and red, while also playing with transparency and barely-visible works. She references the pre-war Vietnamese flag of three horizontal, red bands on a gold background, and the Vietnamese “lucky number 3.” Mullens works to draw connections to family, nationhood and self, using her artworks to reflect on what it means to experience a cultural identity that is apart of and a part from.
The exhibition opened June 11 2015. It was sponsored by Mallaluka Wines, Barrio Collective and Ainslie IGA.