Artist Interview: Christina Huynh aka 'Styna'
By Maria Maung @maria_maung
BYO recently caught up with artist Christina Huynh aka 'Styna' to find out more about her up and coming exhibition titled "A Fragile Kingdom" showing at the M2 Gallery www.m2gallery.com.au this Friday 7th of November to the 11th of November.
Tell us the a bit about the concept behind your work?
There are a handful of concepts running throughout ‘A Fragile Kingdom’ (AFK) - from rustic themes of rickshaws, trucks and tagged on sheds to light-hearted themes of momentum portrayed through a clique of impalas and wildebeests all running in motion.
What can we expect to see from the exhibition?
You’ll find lots of new (and a few golden oldie) canvases, watercolour blocks and a mural of three big, bountiful goldfish at the exhibition.
The images in your exhibition are based on your personal experiences, how did the concepts evolve from the initial experiences to final artwork?
About 90% of the things on display are inspired by true events. I painted wildebeests and impalas after watching back-to-back Nat Geo docos on my recent trip to Singapore where I painted my very first ‘piece’ on the street. The man in the rickshaw piece is my distant, distant uncle who has been moving furniture for our family business (in South Vietnam countryside) since I was tiny!
I made a lot of reference to Byron Bay where I frequently visit, I.e. the Byron Skip truck in the Impalas Run piece and the scenery in the Tethered Flower piece. Including all the things I see in life comes natural to translating it into my work – mixing mundane beauty with a hint of ridiculousness.
What is the key point you would like the audience to understand about your work?
In all honesty, there isn’t really a direct key point of the show but I can tell you this, thebody of work is influenced by the lives we lead. Every year that my family and I visit the countryside’s of Vietnam (“my roots” you could say) I always forget how lucky I am to be able to do the things I enjoy and to be raised (thanks to my mother) with the idea that I could be whatever I want in life as long as I do my best. And with that, I think it’s really important that you always ‘do’. It took me a while to fully adopt this idea.
To be in constant motion and movement in life even if you fear failing in the process.
What are the things you are most passionate about in life?
Art making, music jamming, travelling – simple things!
How do you see your art evolving the future?
It’s weird, a year ago I would say that my style has developed but I was missing conceptually. At this point I would say I’m happy with my work conceptually but the physical execution of the work in a cohesive style is different. I’ve been practicing in every medium I can musterand am very much learning with time as I go.
What keeps you motivated as an artist?
But also my family, friends, travel and my less-glamorous job in retail!
What are the challenges you face as a creative?
All the challenges I’ve faced in the past year of art making have been all physical – surprising right! It’s always a little challenging painting on a large scale – so far I’m still working on being simultaneously co-ordinated, weatherproof and quick.
What's coming up next for you?
Coming up, I have a couple more live painting gigs, fundraisers and an El Camino group exhibition called Bohemian Grove. It’s in junction with Glebe Festival on November 16th– check on it!
Where can we find out more about you?
My official website: christinahuynh.com.au
My headspace and general internet spewage: stynabyna.tumblr.com.au
& All my works in progress at facebook.com/artbystyna and daily life via instagram @stynabyna
Come find me! Thank you, Backyard Opera x