TAMMY NGUYEN: Cave Matter: Online Exhibition

November 17 - December 19, 2020
  • Jungle Sauce

    Artist Edition

    Jungle Sauce is an edible concoction made of lemon leaves, cilantro, mint, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chili, and olive oil.  It is inspired by “cheo” a sauce from the Quang Binh Province in Vietnam where the Phong Nha karst is located.  When Nguyen traveled to Phong Nha to research this project, she ate the sauce for the first time and her tour guide showed her how to make it.  It can be eaten with any simple food such as boiled chicken and noodles. 

    This sauce is made in small batches in Nguyen’s kitchen using local ingredients in New York City.  The label includes an excerpt from Phong Nha, the Making of an American Smile, and is letterpressed on marbled paper by Nguyen, who considers this creation an artist book.

    Jungle Sauce may be purchased online or on-site in the gallery. 

    Buy Jungle Sauce


  • Works

  • Ugly Duckling Presse | Excerpt from Phong Nha, the Making of an American Smile | Spotify Playlist


    Tammy Nguyen was born in San Francisco, CA and lives and works in New York CIty. Nguyen received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2007. The following year she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked for a ceramics company for three years thereafter. In 2013, Nguyen received an MFA from Yale, and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at the Rubin Museum of Art, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam, the Bronx Museum, and is included in the permanent collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include, ​The Ship Named Atlast, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA (2019); ​Necessary Fictions with Ha Ninh Pham, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2019); ​The Ship Named Atlast​, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK (2019); and ​One Blue Eye, Two Servings with Nicole Won Hee Maloof, CRUSH Curatorial, New York NY (2018). Tammy Nguyen is also the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press addressing geopolitics, science and identity through visual art and writing, and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University.  

  • Buy Phong Nha, the Making of an American Smile