Mylyn Nguyen, I am brave, 2019. Acrylic and graphite on paper, 42 x 30 cm. Courtesy: the artist and May Space, Sydney.
May Space presents work by Mylyn Nguyen. The artist has developed several solo exhibitions that have humorously explored her childhood memories and curiosities, varying in appearance, approach and materials.
Of her latest exhibition Sometimes I’m too boring for my imaginary friends, the artist explains: “I always wanted imaginary friends but I couldn’t get any. When I was little my greatest comfort was cardboard boxes. Big ones, small ones, matchbox ones. If I couldn’t have imaginary friends, at least I could make a home for one and hope they would like it enough to make friends with me. Sometimes I would sit in an empty cardboard box for hours; savouring the dim, browny-hued darkness and warm paper smell. When I was about 20, I made one.”