Plants And Hair Obsure Women In Mai Ta’s Gouache Paintings

An artist named Mai Ta has gone ahead to shape her experiences and emotions but in a concealed manner. The Saigon-based artist has worked out some intriguing gouache paintings. Her artworks revolve around a woman figure with hair locks and leaves covering her identity. She has named her series “I Set the Moon on Fire Because She Wouldn’t Wake Up”.


Art is not the medium of expression for one’s thoughts only. It also facilitates the expression of private moments and feelings of the worldly souls. Thus, artists embrace the artistic charm to work out a creative portrayal of their experiences. They go a long way in inspiring and enticing others. An artist named Mai Ta has given an alluring outline to the narrative with her paintings.

Based in Saigon, Mai takes a walk through the lanes of her past life and memories to grab some water-shedding moments. She spirals back to the unforgettable bits that still rings in her life now and then. Not just that, she looks for the ones that made her evolve as a strong person. Her personal moments then set the ground for the making of her art pieces. Finally, she bounces back to her present to let her creativity drive her efforts and thoughts. The painter inside her takes the call and begins to paint her emotions and experiences.


However, she makes way for her moments in a concealed manner. She makes use of woman figures with their identities hiding behind hair locks, leaves and plants in her gouache paintings. To set the mood right, she chooses a scheme of subtle hues that creates an intriguing motion for viewers. Not just that, she also selects the background of her subjects with care to ensure the best in place for a perfect depiction.

For instance, one can find a woman hiding her face with her hands. She looks at the viewer through the space between her fingers. In another painting, one can see a woman hiding behind a vase. The green plant veils her face to a great extent to provide a rough idea of her state to the audience. Not just that, one can also find a woman resting in a chair. She is not deliberately trying to conceal herself. But the shadow and her hair locks do that bit to her.


Thus, the artist makes her characters speak not through words but their body language.

Shedding light on the theme of her art pieces, she shared, “Obscurity in my work represents my own inability to be confident about who I am. It’s easier to hide behind my hair (shadows, plants, anything) than to honestly express how I really feel.”

Taking on the depiction of her moments, she said, “(I realized that) exploring my own personal narrative and emotions can be both therapeutic and visually exciting. I made work about how my friends’ and (my) rooftop moon-watching sessions moved me. I made work about my own heartbreak. I made work about missing and loving Vietnam.”


Gathering her efforts, she has come with a series named “I Set the Moon on Fire Because She Wouldn’t Wake Up”. It lets one explore the nature of the relationship between the whirl of emotions and their expression. Her art pieces take one through some moving moments that crash in everybody’s life in one way or the other.

One can cherish her art and creativity by taking to her website. Many social media platforms also aid a visit.