Pulled In Different Directions

Pulled In Different Directions

 Phoulavan taught art in St. Paul public schools for 10 years, and this year he’s teaching art to high school students in South Korea. He says his UW-Stout professors were a positive influence on him.

Aloun Phoulavan ’95 explores the experiences and stories of Asian Americans in his paintings.
“Every person has a story to tell, an experience worthy of reflection and recognition,” Phoulavan writes in his artist statement. “Asian Americans in particular have unique stories to tell in that their stories are of identity, culture, and memories.”

Phoulavan recently created a series of paintings about the diversity of Asian-American women in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and he hopes the paintings encourage dialogue on the issues identified by his subjects.

In one painting, he portrays women as having choices; that they are not bound entirely by one culture. In another painting, he depicts a young girl “balancing” her many roles on a bicycle as she carries her family.
“Asian Americans have a dual role to play in mainstream America,” Phoulavan writes. “Many have learned to live comfortably in both roles while some still struggle to find their place.”

See more of the artwork of Aloun Phoulavan ’95 and read the philosophy behind his paintings. Visit his artist Web site at www.alounphoulavan.com/

Summer Outlook 2012