Dominique Fung: This week's art discovery
Dominique Fung started her career painting in a nail salon basement. Today, she is one of the most impressive young painters in New York City. She is only 31, but the artist already has a career many others would be jealous of. Fung is a second-generation immigrant who did not go to an Ivy League school, and did not have unlimited monetary support.
Dominique Fung signing her print “Midnight Catch”. Photo by Nicodim Gallery
Her work focuses on her own experiences, growing up as a Chinese woman in the Western world. Some of her most popular paintings are her portraits of traditional objects like vases and porcelains. She does not simply show them, but she also gives them meaning and emotions. This is her way of giving back some power to the Diaspora. Those objects express the way the West tends to fetichise her culture as exotic.
Dominique Fung, Double Happiness (2021).
One of our favourite portraits is very recent and called "Double Happiness". Fung painted it in 2021 as a way for her to process her surroundings. It was born after she saw the windows of her favourite Asian restaurant in New York City vandalised. The painting shows two blue and white vases protected by glass cases. Each case has a bullet hole in it to represent the violence experienced at the time of the attack.
Dominique Fung, “Tobacco,” 2021. Photo Genevieve Hanson.