Thu Kim Vu graduated her BFA from Hanoi University of Fine Arts, Vietnam and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States. Focusing on line drawing, paper material and using temporary spaces, she had been working on different projects through traveling to create a new experience based on how her line drawing changed the atmosphere of each space. Vu has participated in numbers of residencies worldwide which contribute a great influence in shaping her works in many directions.
In 2008, Vu participated in a residency Program at Vermont Studio Center and New York Mills Regional cultural center, Minnesota. Her works was expanded to doodle drawing and combined with different paper construction settings dealing with emotional, mental as well as physical aspect of using lines, brushstroke as a method of meditation. In 2009, Vu came to Goyang National Art studio, Korea and discovered a new dimension in her work experimenting with Korean traditional Hanji paper and expanding her brushstroke into an enormous scale larger than herself, creating spontaneous movement. In late 2010, Vu started a new exhibition at Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany, opening new ideas on how she de-forms the construction of spaces. From 2011, Vu participated residencies: Mc Coll Center of Visual Art (USA) (2011), Rockefeller Bellagio Center (Italy) (2011) and Museum of Contemporary art in La Coruna (Spain) (2013), Sylt Foundation residency in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016) where she has been continuing her idea of an imaginative city through drawing.
During her time at Green Box Residency, Thu will be creating an ephemeral installation inside the Lakeview terrace building as a series of light sculptures in response to natural landscape. This installation will be lanterns of organic forms that inspired by your local nature using paper cutting, drawing, folding, collaging and illumination of LED lights.
Vu is based in Hanoi, Vietnam as freelance artist.