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Unrushed, at the Venetian

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By Thi Doan

Image of Unrushed, at the Venetian by Thi DoanCreation: 2015
Medium: Acrylic
Discipline: Sculpture
Dimensions: 30'' x 40''
Location: Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium
Exhibition: Permanent

Unrushed, at the Venetian, captures a leisurely moment in downtown Hillsboro. Artist Thi Doan was intrigued by the paradox between the idea of a rushed and impersonal city and the relaxed café scene with people enjoying spending time together. She painted in black and white to create a vintage feel, with accents of color to add a contemporary element. She hopes her artwork helps us appreciate the connections that draw us together.

Sometimes learning to speak a new language teaches you to express yourself in many different ways. That was the case for artist Thi Doan, whose painting, Unrushed, at the Venetian, is the 2016 selection for the Mayor’s Gift for the City of Hillsboro Public Art Collection.

Doan grew up in Hillsboro with parents who emigrated from Vietnam. English was her second language, and art was a way to express herself that transcended language. From a very young age, Doan loved to draw and paint, and “never colored within the lines.”