Diem Chau – micro sculptor
What do you do when you snap a pencil? Curse under your breath, bite a lip, clench a fist, then sharpen it? In that crucial time between breaking and re sharpening, you may have forgotten that all important next word in your essay, lost the curve line of a drawing or just be so annoyed that you throw your masterpiece at the wall in a melodramatic prima-artiste paddy. Imagine then the patience necessary to produce work like Vietnamese sculptor Diem Chau. Chau specialises in small; very small. She creates micro sculptures atop pencils and crayons. Check them out.
Chau left her native Vietnam in 1986 seeking refuge in the US. Since graduating, her work has been exhibited in Miami, Seattle and LA. Her current exhibition, A-Z Northwest Natives, featuring her painstaking pencil collections is currently being shown at the Gibson gallery in Seattle.