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Short Stories
Diem Chau - Carvings and Embroid ered Ceramics
Wendy Given - Photographs

Fifth Floor is ple ased to present the work of two artists based in the Pacific Northwest\, Di em Chau and Wendy Given. The show entitled\, Short Stories\, will feature the photographic series\, A. hypogaea albus (peanut elves) by Wendy Given a nd tiny human caricatures carved from crayons and pencils as well as embroi dered ceramics by Diem Chau. Both artists' work is inspired by myths and o ral traditions passed on generationally.

As a child\, Wendy Give n was taught a game by her mother and grandparents that involved searching for elves inside of raw peanuts. Traditionally passed through several gene rations of Wendy's maternal family in the Netherlands\, it is a pastime of discovery\, patience\, and imagination. Given's photos\, which enlarge the peanut elves to approximately thirty times their actual size\, reveal a ti ny world hidden in plain sight. The outcome of the project initiates the v iewer into a renewed awareness and piqued interest in discovering\, or redi scovering\, the typically unseen realm of our existence.

A Vietn am native\, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986. Having learned her own family's history through oral traditions she relates these and other narratives via the use of common objects as a medium to cr eate delicate vignettes of fleeting memory\, gesture and form. The resulti ng works combine an egalitarian sensibility with minimalist restraint as th ey translate and reveal oral history through a physical means. These famili ar but transformed objects are already imbued with meaning to the viewer wh ich helps the work achieve its goal of highlighting the value of storytelli ng and myths through their ability to connect us to each other via cultural and humanistic similarities.

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Wendy Given received her BA from The Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from Otis College of Ar t and Design. Given's work has been exhibited in New York\, Los Angeles\, Atlanta and abroad. Her photographic series\, The Wilds\, was recently feat ured in NY Arts Magazine. She currently lives and works in Portland\, OR.
Diem Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts and has received an Artist Trust GAP Grant and a PONCHO Artist -in-Residence Award. Her work has been exhibited in New York\, Miami\, Seat tle and Los Angeles. Her embroidered ceramics recently graced the cover of Fiberarts Magazine. She currently lives and works in Seattle\,WA.

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