Vietnam, the Journey Home
By Hannah Jarmain
The latest artwork which Hannah Jarmain created in the sun-filled studio of Toller Cranston in San Miguel has a magical and dreamlike quality. It marks a significant turning point in the artist’s journey where her daily work with local children unknowingly influences her own artistic style and imagination.Art “Vietnam, the Journey Home” By Hannah Jarmain Fri, Feb 28, 5-8pm Gallery Ascender Fine Art Hernández Macías 74
In this series Jarmain returns to her roots—Vietnam—where she depicts the lives of immigrants from the war-torn country. Having left the North in their youth, they traveled thousands of miles to the tropical South only to be uprooted once again in their old age to start a new life in foreign lands.
The stories of Vietnam are told through a series of visually sparkling artworks which captures the immigrant spirit, unbreakable and set in the inevitable sadness of war.
“The Empty Boat” is a story of her own sister who, like millions of Vietnamese refugees, perished in the sea during an aborted escape, “Legends of the Dragons” tells the story of the Vietnamese people who began their nation 5,000 years ago from 100 eggs, as offspring of the dragons, and “Children are Happy Anywhere” tells the story of the young generation born into the new life without any hardship or bitterness of the war.
This “Journey Home” series for Hannah is a long-awaited dream come true. Having left Vietnam during the war she returned to it after many years of family upheavals, her mother’s and her sister’s tragic deaths, when the entire country emerged anew after years of war, facing its own cultural changes and complete renewal, perhaps into an unknown future.
In her own words: “I would like to express my special thanks to Toller Cranston, who provided me with the beautiful studio to paint and patiently drew out of me the images which have been long forgotten, in the process releasing me from the ghost of the past.”