Jean Vengua’s work juxtaposes and explores elements of color, shape, line, and texture in both abstract and occasionally figurative forms. She is inspired by materials from everyday life including work, family, and Filipino American print culture. On the most basic level, these explorations may be expressed in haptic drawing or painting responding to immediate sensory stimulus such as sound or touch from music or her current environment. More recently, Vengua has been working on a series titled “Family Papers,” incorporating documents (e.g., tax and employment documents, receipts, citizenship papers, and sewing patterns) from her parents’ lives into collaged and painted works.
Vengua graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in English and manages the online journal of writing and art, LocalNomad.net. Thus, her visual art is strongly influenced by both writing as language and markmaking, and by all forms of print culture. She lives in Monterey, California.