Born in An Giang province (in southern Vietnam), Tuyet Han is known for her presentation of female appearance which is condensed into muted colors and broad brush strokes. Armed with a degree in Foreign Trade, Han instead taught herself to draw and has been working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator ever since. She always turns to drawing as an antidote to loneliness and a means of expression. Much of her work is inspired by the French artist, Frederic Forest.
Her series of drawings entitled “Perfectly Imperfect” is aimed at democratizing beauty standards and promoting tolerance towards differences. It particularly resonates with Han because she used to feel very insecure about the way she looked when she was a student. That was partly due to the portrayal of beauty aspirations in women’s glossy magazines and the K-Pop movement.
Back then, most of her female schoolmates were crazy about Korean pop stars’ looks and tried to hold themselves to those unrealistic standards of beauty; including white skin, V-line face, S-line nose and heart-shaped lips. The social media boom made it even worse by highlighting the fear of being left behind. As a result, Vietnam has since experienced a sudden interest in plastic surgery in the hope of chasing perfection.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that Han understood what it means being authentic and found herself letting go of perfection. “It felt so liberating when I could go out without putting on a lipstick. I feel happy to just be me.”
The message is simple: Be kind to yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to look. As the Japanese philosophy of “wabi-sabi” reveals, there’s a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in. Shine on, ladies!
Price: VND165,000 (US$7,3) per print.
Each print is made using Conqueror Wove Oyster paper – 300gsm.
Available in standard A4 sizes only.
International shipping is available.