Artistic works by Ann Phong adorn the Muckenthaler Center – Serving the Fullerton community since 1922


Phong’s works of art will be on display at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center until December 30. Admission is free to this event – donations are welcome. A visit to the gallery is scheduled for December 6.

Originally from Vietnam, Phong immigrated to the United States in 1982. She received her MFA from California State University Fullerton in 1995.

Through saturated colors, brushstrokes illustrating movement and a multitude of carefully positioned found objects, Phong’s concern for the state of our earth and our environment is strongly represented in his art.

The Muckenthaler Gallery which opens this exhibition attracts many art lovers eager to see what Phong has been working on for ten years.

“The older pieces were more personal. Now I am motivated by environmental issues. Phong explained.

Environmental issues related to pollution, oil spills and the abundance of garbage everywhere inspire his work. Phong incorporates found objects, many of which are considered rubbish, into a painting, bringing it into third dimensional form.

Many of Phong’s works of art incorporate found objects, some of which may be trash. Photo credit: Elizabeth Hernandez

These objects can be anything – soda cans, wiring, plastic or metal parts, even the face of an old cell phone is used. Visitors to the gallery can observe such works of art composed of acrylic paint fused with many of these found objects.

Among all the panel and canvas pieces in this collection, there is one sculpture that stands out. It is called “Human Traces on Earth” which, according to Phong, is an interpretation of the planet invaded by modern life.

Ann Phong - Traces of man on Earth

Ann Phong’s sculpture “Traces of Man on Earth” represents the industry that is exhausting the planet on all sides. Photo credit: Elizabeth Hernandez

While the carvings are new to Phong, she explained the background behind it a bit.

“I had a really big beach ball, after the paint dried the ball was deflated and removed.” said Phong.

The sizes of Phong’s artwork vary. Some are several feet wide, but some are on a panel that is no more than about a square foot. Phong said she made these small pieces while waiting for the paint to dry on the larger ones.

Ann Phong - Feeling Free # 2

One of the many small pieces that Phong created while waiting for the paint to dry on larger works. Photo credit: Elizabeth Hernandez

Phong currently teaches art at Cal Poly Pomona. When asked what was the most important advice she gave to her students, Phong replied, “Yes, we need money to live, but fighting for your dreams means so much more. “

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