Ly Vũ Hoàng is a Vietnamese-American “artivist” by passion, poet by inspiration, teacher by craft, and dreamer by path. Born in Binh Gia, Viet Nam in 1988, Ly Vũ Hoàng immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of two-and-a-half. She is the daughter of a warm and humorous mother, who taught her to listen, to trust her senses of smell and touch, and to give without hesitation. She is also the daughter of a strong father figure, who helped her to recognize that persistence and commitment are just as important as talent or the ability to find beauty in the surroundings. She is a younger sister to someone who showed her the concept of responsibility and care and is also an older sister to two younger siblings who inject the definition of love and play into her every day life. Her art, in its rawest forms, are an extension and translation of her emotions, her imagination, and her visions for the possibilities of a more peaceful world, not void of pain, but ultimately driven by love and hope.
"What does Family mean to you? Who is your family?"
"Family is an open-ended concept, as infinite, deep, and vast as the beautiful endless Indigo night skies. It would be a disrespect to box in such a profound notion into just a few descriptions when it means so many different things to different folks. Yet if asked, to me, whether blood related, or built through time and struggle, through triumphs and joys—they are soul connections created to learn, to grow, to hurt, to heal, and ultimately—to love. Family often represents an intense and deep love we share as humans and as each other’s keepers, each other’s healers, each other’s lovers. It is a lived concept that challenges us to the bones, to the core issues, to our core memories…warping time and place, and space—returning us back to re-remembering roots/self/growth. To me, witnessing and experiencing woven threads of family(ies) make me understand deep selfless sacrifice. It is often unconditional sacrifice on an instinctive level I believe all humans are capable of when we love.” —Ly Vu Hoang
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