DIEM CHAU

Raised by a nomadic family, artist Diem Chau grew up with few possessions, relying on her grandmother’s storytelling for entertainment and escape. Oral tradition continues to be an important and influential part of the artist's life and work, as she recreates and reinterprets stories and memories from her past. “I believe it’s my time to be the storyteller and to evoke the same delight and anticipation from my audience… Each story is a thread that connects us to each other, the storyteller holding one end and the audience the other.” Diem’s narratives are expressed primarily in the form of embroidered dinner plates, each with a figurative drawing in colored thread. Diem has held solo exhibitions at G.Gibson Gallery in Seattle, Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, and Isaac Lincoln Gallery at Northern State University in South Dakota among others. Diem is the recipient of the Professional Edge Grant from the Artist Trust in Seattle, the Seattle Magazine Spotlight Award in Seattle, among others.

A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986. Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Harpers, Fiberarts, Readymade and American Craft Magazine. She was a recipient of the 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau’s current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.

Born: Saigon, Vietnam 1979

Education
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

Awards
Artist Trust/WA State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle, WA 2008
Seattle Magazine Spotlight Award, Seattle, WA 2008
Teaching Residency, Centrum. Port Townsend, WA 2007
GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA 2005
Artist in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA 2004
Professional Edge Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA, 2003
Cornish President's Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA 1998-2001

Solo Exhibitions
2014
“Create with Crayola”, TIA Toy Fair/Javits Center, NYC
2013
“A-Z: Northwest Natives”, G.Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
“A-Z: New Carved Crayons and Pencils”, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012
“Delicacy of Tiny Things”, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy
“It’s a Colorful Life”, Saks Fifth Avenue Dept Store/Crayola, NYC
“New Works”, Hoffman Gallery Shop/OCAC, Portland, OR
2011
“New Works”, G.Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Sojourn”, Isaac Lincoln Gallery, Northern State University, SD
2010
“Walk The Line”, Peel Gallery, Houston, TX
“Sojourn”, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009
Recent Works, G.Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
Recent Works, Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR
“Short Stories” with Wendy Given, 5th Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Recent Works, Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
"In Effect" with Jen Stark, Ambace & Rice, Seattle, WA
2007
"Lost In Translation", 4Culture Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006
"Bits and Pieces", Cornish Alumni Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005
"Worlds Apart", Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
"Storytelling", Joe Bar, Seattle, WA
"Reconstruction & Fabrication", Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004
"Stirring Smoke", Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibitions
2015
“Second Nature”, Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA
2014
“SAM’s Party in the Park”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2013
Context Art Miami, Packer Schopf Gallery, Miami, FL
“Equipollent: The Artists of Inside Art”, 301 Storefront Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats”, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue. WA
“Year of the Snake”, Giant Robot 2, Los Angeles, CA
2012
“Narrative Thread”, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Elvistravaganza”, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
2011
“The Café”, Curated by Carrie Scott, Show Studio, London, England
“KSAT: Artist Games”, Gängeviertel Valentinskamp, Hamburg, Germany
“Rijswijk Textile Biennale 2011”, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
“Mysterious Contents of Softness”, Curated by Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
“Storylines: Contemporary Embroidery”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
“Three-Dimensional Line”, Curated by Ellen Ziegler, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
2010
“Lost At Sea”, Gallery Hanahou, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists”, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
“Colloquial”, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA
“Ceramic Expressions”, Luke & Eloy Gallery, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA
“Clay & Fiber”, The Clay Studio @ Reed Smith Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“By A Thread”, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
“Farewell”, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009
“Over & Under”, Curated by Jenny Hart, Yard Dog Gallery, Austin, TX
“Binding Constant”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA
“Forget Me Not”, Gallery LeLe/Junie Moon, Shinjuku, Tokyo
“Fines Refined”, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
“Forget Me Not”, Gallery Hanahou, New York, NY
2008
"Blurring the Line", Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
"Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things", Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, OK
“Devotion To Thread”, Curated by Faythe Levine, Milwaukee, WI
"Time Flies", Tin Lark Gallery, Hollywood, CA
"Autobiography", Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007
"Artist Plates", Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Red Dot Art Fair, Pulliam & Deffenbaugh Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Recent Works, The Future Perfect, Brooklyn, NY
Recent Works, Paper Boat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
"Filter", Kirkland Art Center, Curated by Michelle Kumata & Heinrich Toh, WA
"Art Market Mini", Tastes Like Chicken Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2006
"Current Sculpture Survey", Howard House, Seattle, WA
"Artist Trust", The Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA
"Double Vision", Columbia City Gallery, Curated by Tracey Fugami, Seattle, WA
2005
"They Shoot Painters Don't They?", Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
"Raw & Refined", Bumbershoot , Curated by Jess Van Nostrand, Seattle, WA
"Drawn In", Kirkland Art Center, Curated by Jason Huff, Kirkland, WA
2004
"Bumbershoot Biennale: Consumables", Curated by Matthew Kangas, Seattle, WA
2003
"Alumni Exhibition", Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
2002
"Art Outside", Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA
"BFA Exhibition", Westlake Studios, Seattle, WA
"Noise and Memory", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2001
"From the Ground Up", 7 Acres, Duvall, WA
2000
"From the Ground Up", 7 Acres, Duvall, WA
"Greener Pastures " RAW Gallery, Seattle, WA

Publications
Coco Bouwmeester, Textile Plus, Netherlands, Summer 2011
Jo Waterhouse, Indie Craft, 2010
Salee Oh, Juxtapoz Handmade, 2010
Communication Arts, Design Annual 51, 2010
Sita Bhaumik, Hyphen Magazine, “Familiar Strangers, Fall/2010
Matthew Kangas, Ceramics Monthly, “Reviews”, 5/10
Shannon Sharpe, American Craft, “Memory Keeper”, 8/09
Mary Anna Pomonis, Artweek, 6/09
US Cellular Commercial, aired nationwide, Summer 09
Editorial Commission, Harpers Magazine, "Tyranny of the Test" 9/08
Suzanne Beal, Fiberarts Magazine, "Hand to Mouth", 9/08
Jasmine Moir, Seattle Magazine, "Spotlight Award", 9/08
Caroline Stanely, Gen Art Pulse, “Crayoning Achievements”, 5/1/08
Jonathan Shipley, Venuszine, “Hobo meets Highbrow”, 4/15/08
Sandra Ballentine, NY Times, “The Perfect Mix: The everyday meets the sublime”, 3/16/08
Jeannie Yandel, KUOW: The Beat (NPR interview), “The power of Storytelling”, 9/6/07
Garry Faigin, KUOW: The Beat (NPR review), “Diem Chau at 4Culture Gallery”, 8/16/07
One Shot Visual Codex, Juried selection of top 100 artist in the NW, 2006
Nancy Guppy, City-A-Go-Go, “Bits And Pieces”, Oct/Nov 06
Brangien Davis, ReadyMade Magazine, “Madam Chau’s Wax Museum”, Oct/Nov 06
Dawn-Thanh Nguyen, International Examiner, “In Between Ordinary and Extraordinary”, 9/20/06 – 10/03/06
Judy Wagonfeld, Seattle PI, “Crayon carvings draw from a bygone childhood”, 4/22/05
Pat Tanumihardja, Northwest Asian Weekly, “Artist reconnects”, 2/19/05
The Stranger, Cover art, February 3- 9 2005

Commissions & Collections
The Wing Luke Asian Museum
Henry Art Gallery
Tacoma Art Museum
Philadelphia Zoo
Weiden + Kennedy/Nike World Cup
Publicis & Hal Riney/US Cellular
Crayola
Harpers Magazine
Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle City Lights
ACRS (Asian Counseling & Referral Service)