"A Freak Show”, 2010, ceramics, fabric, & mixed media

Fantastical Randomness

Mimi Le: BFA Exhibition

Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 5, 2012

Exit exhibition for Mimi Le, BFA in Ceramics

Closing Reception, Thursday, October 4th, from 6-8pm

UNT Lightwell Gallery

Art Building, First Floor

1201 W. Mulberry St.

Denton, TX 76201

  • “Bevin & Toot”, 2012, ceramics & fabric
  • “Bevin & Toot” (detail)
  • “The Boost, in 3-D”, 2012, ceramics, fabric, & mixed media
  • “Inside the Mind of Les Claypool”, 2010, ceramics & mixed media
  • “Inside the Mind of Les Claypool” (detail)
  • “The Deer Cult”, 2011, ceramics, fabric, & mixed media
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Installation View & Wall Text
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Installation View From Above
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Installation View of South Wall
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Installation Detail View of Eas
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Alternate Installation Detail V
  • Fantastical Randomness, Mimi Le, BFA, Fall 2012, Alternate Detail Installation V

As a ceramic clay sculptor and painter, my current concentration has been character and creature building, placed within a thematic and peculiar environment.  I want to construct an eccentric animated world of personified wild life and humans interacting within it. Character designing truly helps me get in touch with my inner child, but express myself as an adult. It helps me envision and produce fantasy scenarios that I would’ve enjoyed viewing when I was young.  I believe it’s essential that we don’t forget what we’ve enjoyed watching when we were children and why we enjoyed it.  The characters from my favorite movies will never depart my mind, and I will always cherish them and the artists who originated them.

They have inspired me to entertain audiences with my art, and to recreate that emotion, nostalgia, vision, and inspiration that I felt as a child.  Merging fantastical themes with the contemporary to evoke a “time of naivety” is the challenge that motivates my art.

I aim for my work to invoke random childhood memories and the forgotten imagination we once posessed.  Working with clay gives me the ability to manifest my humorous visions, and to create a thematic scenario between characters.  When creating my characters, I generate narratives, personalities, interactions, and even their clothing.  I incorporate mixed medias including fabric (that I sew), and use acrylic paint to finish them.  Currently, I have also adapted a few of my sculptures from my 2-dimensional relief prints to give perspective to two different dimensions.    

Although my characters and narratives are predetermined before I sculpt them, it is more satisfying to me when my viewers fabricate their own stories when they view it.  Everyone has their own unique minds and histories, and it’s so wonderful to learn what my art evokes within their memories.

Yenphi Mimi Le, who goes by her nickname “Mimi” grew up in Lubbock, TX, where she studied her first year at Texas Tech University.  She is currently a senior at the University of North Texas and will be graduating with a BFA in Ceramics Visual Arts, May 2013.  Recently, in the summer of 2012, she had her work displayed at the18 Hands Gallery based in Houston, TX for an “Emerging Artist” exhibition.  She also received an award in Spring 2012 for her ceramic sculpture “Bevin & Toot” in the 52nd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition, juried by curator, Clint Willour. Mimi is also a recipient for a CVAD 2012-2013 Scholarship from the Curtis McCaffity Memorial Endowment for the Arts.  Upon graduation she aspires to become a “model builder” & “character designer” for an animation production studio.  She has also had the honor of meeting her favorite musician, legendary bassist Les Claypool on behalf of her sculpture “Inside the Mind of Les Claypool.”