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Stations of the Cross

Charcoal Drawings by DSPT Alumnus Lam Khong

Date of Exhibit: Spring 2008

A reflection by the artist, Lam Khong

I was born in Vietnam in 1972, and came to the United States at age eight. After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Santa Fe in 1993, I moved to New York to work at the Whitney Museum of American Art for Curator Barbara Haskell, and subsequently for Kent Gallery.

I have participated in group and solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Kent Gallery, Woodward Fine Arts Gallery, the College of Santa Fe, the City University of New York, Florida A&M University and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

In 2000, I received a painting commission from the Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome where I resided for four months. This experience led my work in new directions, and eventually brought me back to Rome in 2004 for graduate work through the American University Italy Program.

When I first came to America from Vietnam as a young boy, and not knowing the language, I began drawing as a way to express myself. Perhaps due to the experience of war and being uprooted at an early age, I have always tried to focus on the good aspects of life. I have always been interested in spirituality, and with my Catholic upbringing, my work centers on religious themes.

If I have a choice to paint anything in the world, I would choose everything. Everything is different—every leaf, tree, line, color, or voice. Our individual faces also are different; however, we all share the same longings. Great paintings come in different expressions, subject matters, styles and media, but they all speak about God and love.

One religious theme I have explored persistently is the Stations of the Cross. Each time I contemplate the Stations, a new perspective inspires me to create a different series. I have done over 30 series of the Stations of the Cross in various subjects and expressions, but I hope that they all reflect love.

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