Muse: Detours Made Here MN

Muse is a layered kaleidoscope of abstract patterns that beacons viewers to be mesmerized by the depth that shapes her visual landscape.

My work is infused with an expressively fluid style, connecting our surroundings to patterns and motifs echoed throughout human existence. As a Hmong American artist I balance between two worlds but as these worlds collide unique forms emerge. My abstract work is a symbol of my journey in America united with Hmong textiles and the meaning behind each symbol.

I began my journey when my mother crossed the Mekong River escaping the jungles of Laos while I was cradled in her womb. My family fled to America in 1976 with only $5 in their pocket to begin a new life. Due to persecution, Hmong woman hand sewed our written language with natural elements into costumes and traditional patterns keeping it a secret. While the written language has been lost the patterns and customs still remain.

We take Detours in life that shape our journey but our connections can raise awareness to our multicultural community.

Installed on 730 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN