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Chrystal Phan is a story teller. The tales she tells in her debut solo exhibition are monumental and multi-hued. They feature stories she’s heard from family and friends, embellished by her own imagination. All her paintings document some aspect of the Vietnamese-Canadian immigration experience.
As a child of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in Canada in 1980, Phan is well-acquainted with the conflicted emotions of her family’s history. But it wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she grew interested in her asian heritage. “Where are my stories?” she queried, looking around at local media and cultural organizations.