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Beauty Tech Art Spa
Corner Shop London
Supported by Jacob Barnes and Jonny Tanna
October 2023 - January 2024

Durian Revolution
Studio Chapple
February 2023

Text by Louis Chapple

Studio/chapple is delighted to present Durian Revolution, the first solo exhibition by Hoa Dung Clerget.

Clerget’s practice is centred on the artisanal production of objects that take on a narrative dimension on

the themes of the domestic and displacement. Her works affirm their materiality through gestures

borrowed from everyday life, the ones of the women in her family and community.

For Durian Revolution, Clerget has staged a reimagining of the nail salon, where only fluids and odours -

both toxic and attractive - remain. Taking inspiration from the durian fruit, hyperbolic in its soft flesh

and spiked shell, exterior beauty and fetid stench, Durian Revolution features a new series of threedimensional

paintings made with the techniques and materials of Nail Art.

The defensive odour of the durian, from which these paintings derive their title, becomes a distant

reference; a sensation evoked by metonymy and substitution. Instead, it is replaced by the toxic smells of

acetone and chemical acrylic that the artist has been exposed to for several months.

By projecting the fruit onto the canvas, Clerget reverses its status as food and pays homage to its cultural

heritage. She uses nail polish as a ready-made, and recent nail art techniques as a painting process, thus

amalgamating the categories of nail art and art, subculture and ‘high’ culture.

Fluid and ephemeral, ‘Narcomorphous’ acts as a writhing installation around which the series of paintings

orbit. Taking inspiration from the Quynh Flower (Queen of the Night) that blooms for one night a year, the

installation erupts and retreats across the gallery floor, its gestural unpredictability indicative of its own

making process.

Durian Revolution unites two sensory shields of armour through an investigation into the toxicity of

beauty, women’s labour, and the nail salon as instigator of social transgression, imagination and

transformation within diasporic communities.
No Place Like Home (A Vietnamese Exhibition)
artists: Hoa Dung Clerget and KV Duong
Canning Gallery, London
May 2022

Memories of a Social Club That Doesn’t Exist
curator: Jerry Guo
May 2022

 Monument for D. Flavin (2022)Faux fur, perspex, synthetic hair, metal, neon light

Group show curated by Louis Chapple
Hackney Down Studios
November 2021

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