Tammy Nguyen in the Studio. Photo: Axel Dupeux. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin and the artist.

Tammy Nguyen

October 20, 2024–January 19, 2025

Tammy Nguyen (American, born 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist renowned for her densely layered, intricate compositions, merging figures, abstract shapes, and lush tropical vegetation. After her acclaimed solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2023, she will unveil a brand-new body of paintings, works on paper, and an artist book. Nguyen deftly blends traditional painting with mixed media, creating composite images of familiar yet subversive symbols and motifs. These captivating images, with their seductively beautiful decorative surfaces, entice viewers into a web of entangled historical narratives. Nguyen’s work aims to unsettle. The tension and dissonance inherent in her images often belie the nature of her content, creating generative space for reevaluation and radical thinking. Committed to critically examining marginalized histories and colonial and imperial legacies, she probes the intersections of geopolitics, ecology, and spirituality.
Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University, with an MFA from Yale University, andis based in Easton, CT. Nguyen is a recipient of the 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2008, she received a Fulbright fellowship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam. Recent solo exhibitions of her work were organized by Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2022), and Tropical Futures Institute, SEA Focus, Singapore (2022), among others.
This exhibition is organized by Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design and curated by Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., senior curator at Sarasota Art Museum.

Commissioned as part of Sarasota Art Museum’s Inside Out exhibition program, Molly Hatch’s Amalgam is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

Gold Sponsors

Jane and Phillip Humann
Donna Pickup

Silver Sponsors

Cowles Charitable Trust
Edward and Elizabeth Gardner Foundation Trust
Mark and Irene Kauffman
Roxanne Permesly