“I Set the Moon on Fire Because She Wouldn’t Wake Up” by Artist Mai Ta

A lovely series of paintings by New York-based artist and illustrator Mai Ta. While Ta’s work often centres around her experience as a Vietnamese woman and efforts to present Vietnam for what it is (rather than what it’s presumed to be), “I Set the Moon on Fire” started as a response to Ta’s own desire to be seen as well as her inability to do so. Whether averting her eyes or obscuring her face with greenery, Ta presents herself as someone split between two worlds, at once acknowledging the relevance of her emotions and yet how fleeting they can be. See more images below.











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