Vietnamese American artist Trinh Mai discusses the inspirations behind her expansive body of work that tells stories of heritage, nature, and honoring life.
In attendance at movie screening: David Fokos (Director/Producer), Trinh Mai Thach (Film Subject), Chris Fessenden (Producer), Barbarella Fokos (Producer)
David Fokos is an internationally renowned photographic artist and Emmy Award-winning director. His work has been the subject of over 50 solo shows, and can be found in a dozen galleries on three continents, as well as scores of museums, and prominent corporate and private collections. Together with Barbarella Fokos, David produced and directed Art Pulse TV, a 20-episode series that took viewers behind the scenes of everything art in San Diego County and Baja (which aired on NBC San Diego and COZI TV). Between them, Barbarella and David received 7 Emmy nominations in 4 categories and each took home a statue for Arts & Entertainment Programming.
Trinh is an extremely creative, sensitive, and talented mixed-media artist. Our biggest challenge was to showcase her work in its disparate forms while highlighting the underlying passion that informs her art: the deep empathy she feels for the human condition, whether dealing with a friend’s cancer, reflecting on a tender moment with a loved one, or exploring the Vietnamese Diaspora through her own family’s history.
Whether this is your first introduction to Trinh’s art, or you are already familiar with it, it is my hope that this film will help you better understand Trinh and her deeply personal work.