The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Juried Art Show caught students’ attention as they passed through the Estrella Hall south entrance. One piece in particular, created by 19 year old student artist Monica Nguyen, was striking.
Her portrait titled “Audrey Hepburn” was created with fabrics: cotton, silk, and ribbons, and depicted the famous movie star. “I created this piece mainly for my art professor. He said ‘look for a person to do it on’ and I did Hepburn because she is classy and pretty,” said Nguyen. Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian who had been recognized for her talent at a very young age. Her beautiful and classy look also put her in the spotlight, as a famous icon in both film and fashion.
Nguyen then began talking about the budget for this project and the fact that it was difficult finding the materials. To find many of these materials she had had to go to Wal-Mart, Michael’s, and Joann’s. The amount of money she spent on this portrait was $200.
Current EMCC student, Wanda McClendon, adores Nguyen’s work. McClendon was so fascinated by the piece that she stood and observed it for about 15 minutes. After the interview with Nguyen was finished, McClendon praised her for the amazing talent. When McClendon was asked what she thought about the portrait she said, “It is just incredible. I am speechless.”
McClendon really enjoys artwork and she enjoyed this portrait in particular because it is nothing like she has ever seen before. She said this piece reminded her of the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, a film that came out in 1961 in which Hepburn played the main character, Holly Golightly. When asked to rate the Audrey Hepburn piece on a scale from 1-10, McClendon responded, “To rate this piece, I would give it a 10 plus!”