Thuy-Van plans to use her fellowship to travel to local and national history museums, including the Viet Museum in San Jose, the National Museum of American History and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute. These trips will allow her to expand her research into Vietnamese artifacts in museum collections and examine visual narratives currently on display in U.S. institutions relating to Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American culture, art and history. Photographs taken of installations and objects on display will serve as source materials for future paintings.
Thuy-Van’s art practice and research is currently focused around diaspora, cultural memory, and post-memory. She wants her work to reflect her study of cultural and historical objects as an artist, dislocated heritage seeker, and tourist from Arizona.