"Puppet" Art Coat by Phat Le Trong
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Phat Le is a talented young artist with a stylistic sensibility that uses imagery from his native Vietnam in fresh, unpredictable ways. Here he layered loose brush strokes of white and barely pink paint in a dynamic series of lines that nearly cover the front and back sides of the body. In goldenrod yellow he outlines a mask-like face like a traditional Vietnamese puppet on the back with two hands on the front and multiple concentric circles running up and down the sleeves.
Because he loves to take things always another step further, Phat Le used incense sticks to burn tiny holes in the painted silk in linear and circular patterns, adding another amazing dimension of texture and interest to the piece. The effect is exotic and mysterious, and truly a knock out look of it's own.
This one goes in any direction: over a column of basic black or all white with lots of pearls you'll watch heads turn at the next art opening or fundraiser event. Or wear with a white tee and dressy jeans. Either way you'll shine in this fabulous and original new piece!
Black shantung silk shell
with golden yellow shantung silk lining. Phat Le Trong's Bio
Santa Fe, New Mexico
As an immigrant from Vietnam, my notion of art has been hugely affected by changing national and international political situations. I grew up in a communist country, my community—and myself—is the product of a government that targets artists to maintain control over the people’s perception. I want to use art to demonstrate how critical thinking, curiosity, and challenging perception enriches both country and community.
The excitement of wearable art, which uses clothing as a vessel to expand the artists’ vision toward different audiences, has led me to experience in fashion. In particular, my first Singular coat sparked my interest due to its ability to function as the garnish to an outfit, as well as to define the first visual impression toward an individual. After I graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and earned my MFA at the University of Delaware, I have been focusing on paintings that reflect on the transformation and transparency of the human form both physically and intuitively. Using characteristics from drag queens, superhero figures and supermodels, these paintings are an endeavor to unite masculinity and femininity in figures. Through the figures on silk coats, I aim to research the human conditions of coverage in our images and how that affects the relationship between the social standards and the individuals within.