Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes
of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine
egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the
value of storytelling and myth and its ability to connect us to each other
through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau's current work drifts
into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments
forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.
A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in
1986. Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts and has
received an Artist Trust GAP Grant and a PONCHO Artist-in-Residence Award.
Her work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Miami, Seattle and Los
Angeles. Her most recent public success is a U.S. Cellular commercial
featuring her carved crayons melting backwards.