autobiography

I.

I remember my first womb – that of a star,
gutted and bursting,
and when I was born,
I was

scattered

dis
solute

into a
thousand
thou
sand

parts;

II.

I was breathed
into the lungs of a prehistoric reptile,
draped over the limb of an ancient apple tree;

the dust between the rib-ridges of beggars
and each rippling fiber of the slave and the
rosy bones of kings and their juices slathered
across cobblestones,
that was I –

the worm and the maggot,
the dirt and the atmospheric ether,
born and born and born again

the energy of every lightning bolt,
every nuclear blast,
those were my atoms burst asunder –

Only now have I come together
into what I was always meant to be.

love songs from a bathroom mirror

it’s such a tragedy when you say you hate
the way your thighs swell and curve like calligraphic question marks,
or the way those constellations of pimples dance across your dusky skin,
or the way your body ripples as you run, a babbling river of blood and nerves just below the surface,
or the way your fingernails are nibbled to the quick, little pink rose-petals ready to regrow,

or the modest bulge of that sweet nose, right between
the soft inkiness of your eyes and
the tart red blossom of your lips


(to think you would spend your whole life dying
never knowing just how
just how you were –
oh God, what a tragedy)

thisbe, revisited

Still, amid the dirt,
the broken bones and beetle-shells,
you brush off the bruises
and rise like steam at daybreak
unfettered –

not even the man with his black suit
and shiny patent-leather shoes
could beat you down

for you are writhing, lithe limbs and elegant sinews
written into the song of your body
to be sung and sung again
by human voices
calling your name,
your heartbeat

and I
I cannot sing your body enough,
you bold, beautiful thing,
wild and oh God so alive

the super camel comic anthology vol.2


media:

digital

description:

a compilation of visual narratives from students, ranging from 5th graders to high school seniors, at BASIS tucson north. the cover features the photographs of justice amarillo. the interior illustrations and formatting was designed by hannah nguyen.

az mun 52nd conference cover


media:

digital

description:

winner of the top cover design for the 52nd annual high school model united nations conference at the university of arizona. the theme - "achieving unity: peace by piece" - emphasizes the need for cooperation to resolve global conflicts and to transcend political divisions.

basis literary magazine: en masse


media:

digital

description:

the cover for the third annual basis literary magazine, featuring the work of William Cheselden's Osteographia (1733).

container


media:

graphite; 15.5" x 22"

description:

the body is a container, a vessel whose worth is derived from what it holds. to reduce mankind to simply flesh and bone is to erase the complexities and limitless potential of the human spirit.

self portrait no.1


media:

graphite; 17" x 22"

description:

self portrait and lighting practice.

nude study 01


media:

graphite and conte crayon

description:

one of many anatomical studies.

the super camel comic anthology vol.2


media:
digital

description:
a compilation of visual narratives from students, ranging from 5th graders to high school seniors, at BASIS tucson north. the cover features the photographs of justice amarillo. the interior illustrations and formatting was designed by hannah nguyen.

untitled


media:

graphite; 25" x 19"

thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird


media:

graphite; 30" x 22"

description:

inspired by wallace steven's poem thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird.

identity and meaning are no longer absolute, unified truths; instead, they are fragmented, multifaceted, and altogether incomprehensible.

urban decay


media:

india ink on clayboard; 16" x 20"

description:

Mankind is temporary; nature endures, reclaiming everything.

euphoria


media:

linoleum print on paper; 11.25" x 14"

hannah
nguyen

visual & written artwork
illustration

man v. nature
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about me



Hannah Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American illustrator, graphics designer and (part-time) creative writer based in Tucson, Arizona. She has created pieces for art exhibits and sold several in charity art auctions promoting non-profit organizations, including Invisible Children and the World Bicycle Relief. When she is not working on art pieces, she enjoys binge-watching television shows, horseback riding, reading and attending rock concerts.

Much of her work focuses on the balance of humanity and nature, specifically the elegant and often surrealist way they complement and antagonize one another. Additionally, she incorporates literature liberally into her works, often drawing inspiration from poetry or quotes and recreating these scenes and themes onto paper.