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Where the Sea and Cosmos Meet

Christine Nguyen
Artwork Type
Media & Support
ink on paper
2 ft. 11 in.x 8 ft. 8 in.* (1 x 3 m)
Health Services
Olive View - UCLA Medical Center
14445 Olive View Drive
Sylmar, CA
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Latitude: -118.445658 - Longitude: 34.326132
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Building upon the Medical Center’s burgeoning art collection, Civic Art program staff initiated an art purchase program. A curatorial approach was crafted to include both existing and commissioned for purchase. Christine Nguyen, David Hicks and Joe Zaldivar were the three artists selected for the art purchase program.

Christine Nguyen’s "Where the Sea and Cosmos Meet" draws upon the imagery of science and technologies of the present. Nguyen has been developing a personal cosmology in which commonalities among species, forms, and environment become visible and expressive, suggesting past narratives and possible futures. This photograph imagines that the depths of the ocean can reach into outer space.artists selected for the art purchase program.

About the Artist

As a native Californian, Christine Nguyen has always had an affinity for the ocean, nature and wildlife. Growing up with her father, who was a fisherman, she was able to develop a natural curiosity for science. She writes, My work draws upon the imagery of science, but it is not limited to the technologies of the present. I imagine that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic. Nguyen received her B.F.A from Cal State Long Beach and M.F.A from the University of California-Irvine. Her exhibitions include solo shows at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, galleries in Long Beach, San Pedro, New York, San Francisco, Germany, and Hong Kong. Nguyen currently works as a photographer for the J. Paul Getty museum while developing her public art practice.