About Nhung Ha

I was born and raised in Vietnam, I came to England when I was 11 years old.

I became interested in art from early high school as I had a very inspirational art teacher. Art was one of the subjects where I achieved the highest grades as I loved spending time doing art work. I had a big gap in my life where I didn’t carry on the road of learning more artistic skills. At the age of 24 years old, I withdraw myself from my day to day job and pursued art as a long-loved passion. I have always been interested in the human body, during the foundation course, I started sketching a lot of my own hands and feet because they were the best life human body that I could have with me always. When I began my Fine Art course, I wanted to sketch the full body and so I did a lot of paintings. The female figures in my life were very important to me so I painted them.

Midway through the course that I had an induction to casting and moulding processes. Immediately, I fell in love and every day after that I spent making 3D work, making moulds and casting them in all kind of materials. My work mostly depicts the female body with the exploration in to my own identity and gender. This means that I’m interested in how the world view the female body from the way that they position themselves in society. This can translate to being unsure of themselves or having sexual connotation. Bronze is becoming one of my favourite materials because it is durable, I have a lot of control in the mark making on the bronze. I also love using resin as it is transparent and it’s a very diverse material as I can add metal fillers with it. Artists that really inspire me to become who I am today; Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Warren, Degas and Yayoi Kusama.