Karine N'guyen Van Tham is a textile artist born in 1988 who lives and works in Brittany since 2016.
Karine carries Asia through a nominal heritage without having the origins.
From a very young age, this identity strangeness anchored in her an attachment to this distant continent.
A feeling that resonates like a deep nostalgia, which carries her away and leads her to give life to her textile works with Asian features.
Her textile murals, seen as sacred fabrics, are not worn but hung and exhibited.
As if stepping out of time, each suspended or levitating work is crystallized in our contemporary spaces to give us its history. Remnants of another time, another era, they become supports for souls to be touched, to be close to or far from.
Second skin of an underground creature, of a Chinese worker or even of a great Mongolian warrior, each work is the unfailing witness of a forgotten past.
The witness of a fragment of life told in the form of poems and worn textiles, with deep scars. A subtle dialogue between emotion and material that the artist maintains and that materializes in her hands; Karine feels, writes, weaves, plunges into vegetable colours, embroiders her pine cone scales, wears and shapes.
Karine does not create simple clothes. She weaves, through each piece, links between the visible and the invisible, the real and the dreamlike.
She weaves bridges between Past and Present, bringing to light characters who have remained in the shadows for too long.
All unique and precious, Karine's works are intimately linked to nature, bringing us a little closer to the earth and taking us to other spheres;
In the dawn that puts to rest the night, and the light that, in the heart of a tear, buries itself.
In what the wind breathes into it and in the seasons which in turn flee.
In the great Mongolian epics and the cavales that tread the ground.
In the dances of the greatest dynasties and their silks.
"Clothing is for me an inseparable part of being, it is shaped to us to become our second skin. A soul support to be invested or never to leave.I see in the garment an unfailing proof of the existence of a being making it in a certain way immortal. It is a living trace that lasts over decades, centuries. "
- Winner of the 2017 "Ateliers d'Art de France" regional contest with her work "Cérémonie Lunaire" - Creation Prize - Brittany Region
- Collective exhibition "Déconfilement" at the fiber art gallery The Fibery - From June 16 to June 20 - Paris
- Collective exhibition "Japanese Textile & Craft festival" - 26/30th May 2021 - London E14 3AE
- Collective exhibition "Mutations" at Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg with the fiber art gallery The Fibery - From September 24 to October 30 - Paris
- Personal exhibition " Des mots à la matière, de la matière aux maux" at the fiber art gallery The Fibery - From June 17th to 31 July 2020, Paris.
- Collective exhibition "Japanese Textile & Craft festival" - 13/15th March 2020 - London E14 3AE
- Collective exhibition "Invisibles présences" at the fiber art gallery The Fibery - From September 10 to October 19 - Paris
- Collective Exhibition "Parures, Objets d'art à porter" - Factory Museum of Roubaix - From September 06 to October 28 - Roubaix
- Personal exhibition at "La cour des métiers d'Art", associative shop-gallery- From August 1rst to October 28 - Pont-scorff, Brittany
- Collective exhibition at "L'atelier, d'Ateliers d'Art de France" - From September 20 to October 29 - Paris
- Collective exhibition at Maison & Objet - From 08 to 12 September - Paris