Rosa Nguyen (b.1960, London, UK) is based in London. Her work is represented in national and international collections such as the Crafts Council Collection, the Aberdeen City Museum and the Wison Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai. Past projects include solo exhibitions at galleries such as Touchstones Rochdale as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester (2014); Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (2010); and Lambeth Garden Museum, London (2013).
Nguyen’s site-specific glass and ceramic installations are strongly influenced by her interest in gardening and Ikebana, the Japanese discipline of flower arranging.
The large-scale installation Sanctuary, which was on display at Touchstones Rochdale as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), takes particular inspiration from Japanese Zen dry landscape gardens. Sanctuary comprises multiple ceramic and glass objects interconnected with natural materials such as dried plants and tree branches.
The curator at Touchstones Rochdale selected a larger glass piece and a group of smaller ceramic vessels from the installation to acquire through the Contemporary Art Society’s Omega Fund. This enables the museum to construct a variety of displays using Nguyen’s work in the future and connects with the artist’s practice to re-present existing objects in new installations.
The acquisition furthers the museums ambitions to collect across a range of different media and Nose and Tail Form is the first significant contemporary glass object to enter the collection. The glass and colourful ceramic pieces also fulfil the museum’s aim to collect work that focuses on colour and the absence of colour. In this respect, the selected vessels from Nguyen’s installation link well with a number of paintings, prints and drawings in the fine art collection at Touchstones Rochdale, which depict landscapes, gardens and the natural environment.
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Omega Fund, 2014