Our Artist Profile series is spotlighting Deakin student artists and frequent WORDLY Magazine contributors.
Today’s spotlight is on Tran Dac Nghia who has had art pieces published in the ‘Colour’, ‘Tension’, and ‘Retro’ editions of WORDLY Magazine.
1. What is your name/degree/year of study?
My name is Tran Dac Nghia, but I usually go by Neil. I am studying my third year of Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication Design).
2. Can you briefly explain your typical creative process?
Drawing is the way for me to express thoughts and emotions when words fail. I usually start an artwork when I have the need to resolve some complex feelings. As the artwork slowly takes form on the screen, my inner thoughts would untangle.
3. What mediums do you work with, and what themes do you explore in your work?
Nowadays I mostly work with digital art, thanks to the freedom and flexibility it offers. My artworks are usually abstract and explore the theme of visuals that can’t be seen in real life.
4. Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by artists whose work are so unique that they can’t be replicated.
My art is usually guided by my mental struggles and growth. Ironically, I am most inspired when I have the worst moods.
5. What is your favourite piece you’ve ever created?
My favourite one is the blue/green one with the skull.