Xuan My Ho’s mosaics aim to tell a story; to inspire, to delight the imagination, and to heal. In 1978, when she was a medical student, she left her native Vietnam as one of the boat people escaping communism. She spent five days at sea with other refugees, all of them searching for freedom. Xuan knows from personal experience what loss and surviving very difficult times mean.
In her mosaics, she puts broken pieces together to create a meaningful whole, which has been a healing journey that she wants to share with her audience. The inspiration for Xuan’s art is derived from her experiences as a refugee and her imagination. She creates from her perceptions of the external world—from a vision as small as the softness of a woman’s hair blowing in the wind to the immense grandeur of the natural landscapes. Her desire is to capture the beauty of the earth, sky, mountains, and waters by employing soft colors and curved shapes.
Depth and complexity are added by incorporating rough materials such as stones, ceramics, and stained and fused glass. These materials offer a world of inspiration, possibility, and new design challenges. Her work has evolved from only using ceramics to incorporating this wide range of materials in order to create sculptures, mirrors, water fountains, birdbaths, fireplaces, and two- to three-dimensional wall hangings.
Xuan constantly works to expand her techniques and delve into new artistic ideas in order to echo the beauty of life experiences and the world around us. After working in mosaics for over ten years, she has explored many different styles and design techniques derived from other mosaic artists and from her ongoing personal explorations in design and form. Her work has represented impressionism, storytelling, still life, and architecture.
Xuan’s work can also be seen at on her website.
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