When I first saw the crayon work of the incredibly talented Diem Chau, I felt like the crayon pieces embodied what it means to be an artist.
Chau celebrates the extraordinary beauty of ordinary items. And in creating work so detailed and lovingly crafted, she invites us to look around for the beauty in our own routines, in our daily tasks.
She brought forth beauty from a humble ordinary item. The crayon, broken in tiny hands, scribbled onto walls of apartments, scuffed up by other markers and pens in the art drawer of a kitchen drawer, crumpled into bits for cheap preschool versions of stained glass… The ubiquitous crayon looks loved under the nimble, careful hands and gaze of artist Chau.