Artist HongBich Vernon

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My story is a small piece of a larger story, a story of war, trauma and loss as well as exile, recovery and starting again. It is also a story of controversy. The numbers speak but not comprehensively. More than three million people died during the Vietnam War including 58,148 American and more than 200,000 South Vietnamese soldiers. Every Vietnamese born after 1946, the beginning of the First Indochina War, was directly affected by war. Some 1.6 million Vietnamese refugees were resettled.
I was but one. On the 27th of April, 1975, my family fled to the United States just three days before the fall of Saigon. I did not move by choice. No one chooses to be a refugee. 
Yet in that defining event that was thrust upon me, I began a lifelong voyage that continues in my art. This process of being exiled and dis-placed from the country I grew up in, and then re-placed in a new environment – place, dis-placed, re-placed – is not only the dominant theme of my life, but also the focus of my art both looking back as memory and looking forward as social conscience.
My work explores the physiological and psychological dimensions of home as a place of refuge, comfort, and reflection. I address the emotional connection that exists between the places left behind and the places of the present.
M.F.A.  The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2018
            Art Education, Radford University, Radford, VA 1997
 B.A.   Psychology, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland 1993
 A. A.   Illustration, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA 1981
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