mythology's fiercest females

mythology's fiercest females

monique huynh

on view in gallery: january 20 - february 10, 2022

As a jewelry designer, Monique Huynh aims to bridge the gap between storytelling and wearable art. This collection uses the power of history coupled with ancient mythology to highlight the feminine voice in popular mythology. The mythological figures considered in this exhibtion represent different contemporary movements: body dysmorphia, female equality, sexuality, survivors of gender-based violence, climate change and environmental protection. Stories of women who have been historically shamed or deemed frightening are reframed to show their misfortunes as something to be celebrated.  Here, “fierce” is actually “strength.”  In turn, the power of storytelling inspires the viewer or potential wearer. The works presented spark conversation and celebrate the many aspects of womenhood.

Monique’s designs are inspired by her lived experience as a daughter and granddaughter of migrants who had to make the difficult decision to leave their war-torn motherland. In particular, she endeavors to incorporate the matriarchal cultural values that her mother and grandmothers brought with them from Vietnam.  Her jewelry designs tell the stories of powerful women who are resilient in the face of tragedy and hardship. 

Monique Huynh has been a visual storyteller for most of her life. Her formal education in the creative fields include an Environmental Design degree in the Faculty of Architecture from the University of Manitoba and a Communications Design degree from Emily Carr University. She worked as a senior graphic designer for social impact company LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for almost a decade. She eventually left LUSH to pursue long-distance love and raise three sons. After spending most of her creative focus on the 2D world of design she decided she needed a medium that would allow her to put her design skills to use while also allowing her to be more tactile. She set out to learn a craft and soon landed on jewelry making. Currently she is enrolled in her second year of the Jewellery Art and Design program at VCC.

virtual visitors book

Really nice work and drawings – Peter Braune
Beautifully made and presented! – Bettina
Mr. Lewis would be silently proud! Very good – Arlene
Beautifully made and presented. Congrats! – Barb Cohen
Magical – Solane
Beautiful work! Congrats and much love. We are very proud of you – John Everett Finn Jasper
Congratulations, Monique! I know how much work went into creating this show. I hope you are proud of everything you have accomplished and I look forward to seeing what you do next – Louise Perrone
These are amazingly powerful pieces – Eleanor
Congratulations! Lovely work – Anne Hauch
♥ Powerful and ovely - Anonymous
Absolutely stunning! – Sharin (From Australia)
Beautiful and Strong! So wonderful to see! – Zula
Mo, stunning work. I am so proud of you. As the most fiercely strong woman I know, I am so happy to be part of your journey in jewellery ♥ - Aimee
Very inspirational - way to go sista! – Love, Philia
All of this is very pretty and I like the theme – Nango
I like how you designed the metal part of the ring – Oona (p.s. are any of these for sale?)
Dear Monique, Congratulations for your first solo exhibition. Beautiful work, amazing renders. You are such a great artist and beautiful person. Wishing you all the best for the future. Sincerely, Clemence.
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