Cristina NualART

Things that appear in my notebooks and sketchpads: fast sketches, slow drawings.
And the odd commissioned illustration.

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Guy (that’s his name) talking about the Mayan calendar, pen on paper, Cristina Nualart, 2005

Drawings and Music for 2017

Happy 2017!

The beginning of a new year may just be another Gregorian marker, but it’s as good excuse as any to smile and get going. Oomph! Spanish feminist magazine Revista Píkara has published my gif of a fab fictional duet between two powerful lesbian voices: Big Mama Thornton and Lesley Gore. Switch between the two video links to hear a home-made mix of lyrics that intersect rather well.

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This simple animation is based on my drawings of lesbian singers Big Mama Thornton and Lesley Gore, two fabulous musicians who give patriarchy a piece of their mind. The original drawings were created for my artist book Sphynxation, which features 3 pages of the two divas.

 

Big Mama Thornton sings Hound Dog:

Lesley Gore wrote the brilliant feminist track You Don’t Own Me:

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Calyx Journal to publish finished version of ‘Alice B.’ drawing

Calyx is an award-winning, feminist journal that has been publishing women’s arts and literature since 1976. The Autumn/Fall issue (vol. 29:2) is in print, and includes my drawing of Alice Babette Toklas, which began a this humble sketch of pencil on paper:

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Pencil sketch for Alice B. Toklas in Rue Christine after Gertrude Stein Departed Forever, 2016.

 

 

Find out in Calyx why she is wearing a big hat…

 

Updated 11 November: I have received my copy of Calyx!

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Cathedral Café
, pencil on paper.

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Black Cathedral
, white ink pen on black paper.

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Chris and (cathedral) boss
, pencil on paper.

All drawn by Cristina Nualart in Exeter cathedral, England, 2006

Saigon’s artworld – sketches in ‘Masque & Spectacle’

The July 2015 issue of literary and arts journal Masque and Spectacle is devoted to Vietnam, and features a few of my sketches done during 4 years of meeting many interesting people at the heart of Saigon’s art and culture.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Tran Manh Tuan Tran Manh Tuan playing the sax

 
Sax n Art accountant Lost in thought: the accountant at Sax’n’Art

 
Tuyet Loan jazz singer Jazz singer Tuyet Loan at Sax’n’Art

 
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Artist Phan Quang and journalist Artist Phan Quang and journalist Tràn Công Khanh

 
Artist Dinh Q Le Artist Dinh Q Le at San Art

 
Tuan Andrew Nguyen TPG Tuan Andrew Nguyen, artist from The Propeller Group

 
Tuan Andrew Nguyen's eyes Tuan Andrew Nguyen giving a talk at Saigon Creative.

 
Phan Taho Nguyen and Truong Cong Tung Artists Thao-Nguyen Phan and Truong Cong Tung listening to a talk in San Art

 
Artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong Artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong at talk in the HCMC Fine Arts Museum

 
cnualart_Arlette Curator Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran at San Art

 
David Chung giving a talk at Sao La Film artist David Chung at Sao La art space.

 

 

All drawn with pen or pencil on paper by Cristina Nualart in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, between 2011 and 2014.

See more at: Masque and Spectacle: Sketches of Saigon’s artworld

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Woman sitting on stairs by Cristina Nualart, charcoal on paper, 2010

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Beach stone by Cristina Nualart, pen on paper, 2009

A galloping year

Word Vietnam magazine commissioned me to create this illustration to celebrate the start of the new Chinese year of the horse. I wish you all a free rein year!

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Drawing I’m working on: The Ghost of Cho Van Thanh

I make slow art because I like to explore each idea with lots of documentation and different materials. But this type of labourious drawing just can’t be finished in a matter of hours. The good news is that, little by little, over the past month this work has grown a fair bit. Regular visitors may remember the first sketch from 2011.

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What I’m working on: the ‘Chemical Flowers’ series

I make pictures like I read books – I have lots on the go at the same time. This close-up detail of the acrylic paint and the pencil on the watercolour background of this drawing from the Chemical Flowers series is finished, but it’s friends in the series are not mature enough yet, so this big sister is waiting till they can all be introduced to polite society together.

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I wish you a stress-free Christmas

I found this picture of a Christmas card I made as a child. It’s funny now to see all those lit candles and box of matches all over the floor, with children walking around obliviously. I assure you that my family was very careful and such reckless fire hazards were entirely the product of my imagination. I wish you all a bright and imaginative end of 2012 and a happy new year!

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The Gold Digger Ate my Homework

This little painting is my donation to the Arts For Mobility art auction that will take place this Saturday in the Saigon Opera House.

 

The Gold Digger Ate my Homework, 2012

Acrylic, old book pages, Letraset, pencil, gold dust and ground demolished HCMC house pieces on canvas.

On a regular day in HCMC, I might easily spot at least 5 diggers around the city, tearing down buildings in their mission to renovate Vietnam. These mechanical giraffes with the power of an elephant are fed houses and shops, or whatever other constructions get in the way of their flattening path. They relentlessly cause a daily ‘fall’ of Saigon.

The paintings in this series contain actual ground up bricks and cement taken from demolished buildings. This ‘gold’ digger is painted over old book pages, torn from Vietnamese books published pre-1975, before the real estate ‘gold rush’ started. In recent decades, wealthy developers have metaphorically eaten up the homes and places of work of the less privileged, at a speed that has made the country one of the fastest growing economies in history.

Watch this short film on the wonderful, if sad, story of a Vietnamese fisherman who was moved away from the place he lived and worked. I used to see his shack regularly on my commute. Not anymore.

‘The rapid transformation of the environment was seen merely as a casualty of progress, not as the regrettable passing away of an age and the erasure of a whole set of values.’ Tay Kheng Son and Robbie Goh (2003) in  Theorizing the Southeast Asian City as Text.

 

Unless otherwise specified, text and images © 2017 Cristina Nualart

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