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This sculpture has inspiration from my time in Vietnam where I found out from an old man that a vase on an altar was to represent emptiness. A profound concept in Buddhism. Struck by the simplicity of the idea, I cut the vase in half to show its emptiness. Upon seeing that it is resembling a human torso, I made a base for it to make it look like a person in lotus meditation pose. I added 5 more beads to the base as the praying beads that monks uses in their daily meditation practice.
Later on, I hollowed the top part out to further emphasize the emptiness and allow the space to move around it freely. I kept working on it when I am in the California for a final hollowed out version that you see here. The sculpture might be called Buddha, but the name is a pointer, it points to a state of mind that is free, a state where one is Happy and at Peace with oneself


About the Author

Uudam Nguyen
UuDam Los Angles/Saigon


UuDam Nguyen

Born in KonTum, Vietnam


University of Fine Art, Saigon, Vietnam, 1990-1994
University of Califorinia, Los Angeles 1999-2001 - BA
School of Visual Art, 2003-2005 - MFA

UuDam Nguyen was born in an artist family. His dad is the painter, poet and writer Rung (Kinh Duong Vuong). He has study figurative sculpture for three years at the University of Fine Art in Saigon, Vietnam. After immigrating to the U.S., he attended U.C.L.A., and then attained his M.F.A. at the School of Visual Art in New York City.

He lives and works in Los Angeles/Saigon.


Studio: 424. 244. 9206

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