Vomit Girl Stories

  • Artist
    Mai Nguyễn-Long
  • Dates
    3 Aug—2 Sep 2023
  • Catalogue
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Mai Nguyễn-Long is an artist, academic and storyteller whose mixed heritage informs the tapestry of narratives that live through her work. Born in Tasmania to a Vietnamese father and Australian mother, Nguyễn-Long’s formative years were spent living in Papua New Guinea as well as the Philippines. As an adult, Mai Nguyễn-Long has lived in Australia and China, however, it was her pilgrimage to Vietnam that has had the most profound influence on the aesthetic and theoretical direction of her art.

Since the early 2000’s, Nguyễn-Long’s practice has seen many iterations, consistent in narrative but materially diverse. Her work endeavours to crystallise her own identity, interrogating her migrations and acknowledging what was left behind. In 2017 Nguyễn-Long made her first Vomit Girl from clay, a moment that would direct the next six years of her art and education.

The story of Vomit Girl is one of family history and belonging, and is the subject of her PhD, recently acquired from the University of Wollongong. Vomit Girl is a symbol of what has been erased and speaks broadly to diasporic trauma following the atrocities of the Vietnam War. Through her Vomit Girl installations, Mai Nguyễn-Long collides cultural artefacts and personal histories, borrowing from Vietnamese rural aesthetics known as mộc mạc. Mai Nguyễn-Long’s armies of Vomit Girl sculptures have make-believe conversations and are artistic devices that attempt to mend what feels irreparably broken.

In recent years Mai Nguyễn-Long’s articulation through clay has seen her profile consistently rise within Australian art circles. In 2022 her work exhibited at the 12th Berlin Biennale, and she now joins Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin as a represented artist. Vomit Girl Stories is Nguyen-Long’s first exhibition with the Gallery, and will show in Sydney from August 3 – September 2, 2023.

The success of Mai Nguyễn-Long’s practice is firmly attributed to her universal vision, which reconciles personal loss whilst supplying her audience with agency to ponder what may be missing for themselves.

Works in this exhibition are now available to acquire. To begin a conversation please be in touch with danielsoma@michaelreid.com.au

Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Doba Urn 1) with Hot Orange Poo Balls, 2022
12 x 22 x 21 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Fish Morph), 2017-2022
74 x 26 x 26 cm
$4,500
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Dobakapi 2, 2023
46 x 22 x 22 cm
$2,800
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Laughing Bird), 2017-2023
43 x 21 x 19 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Doba 3), 2017–2022
24 x 12 x 9 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Lotus Phallus), 2017-2022
69 x 23 x 20 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Dispersal), 2022
44 x 27 x 18 cm
SOLD
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Foyot Cat 1 (Gray), 2023
28 x 15.5 x 12 cm
$1,650
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Possum Cat, 2023
38 x 20 x 14 cm
$2,100
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Marked Doba 3), 2017-2023
38 x 14 x 12 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Screaming Chicken), 2017-2022
62.5 x 25 x 18 cm
$3,300
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Dobakapi 1, 2023
56 x 31 x 28 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Cat 2), 2022
8 x 9.5 x 5.5 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Dobakapi 3, 2023
49 x 27 x 27 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Ward), 2022
44 x 18 x 18 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit (Gloss Ward 2), 2023
53.5 x 20 x 18 cm
$3,300
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Orange Urn), 2022
9.5 x 19 x 18 cm
$500
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Three), 2017–2022
17 x 15 x 8 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Foyot Cat 2 (With Tongue Out), 2023
28 x 16.5 x 13 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Double Face Fairy), 2017-2022
49 x 23 x 42 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Cat 1), 2022
11.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 cm
$900
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Foyot Cat 4, 2023
16 x 9 x 7 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Haunted Fairy), 2017-2022
82 x 26 x 24 cm
$5,500
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Gloss Ward 1), 2022
51.5 x 19.5 x 18 cm
$3,300
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Rider 2), 2017-2022
13.5 x 19 x 10 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Dance Parrot 3, 2023
12.5 x 13.5 x 11 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Hefeco 2, 2023
32 x 18 x 12 cm
$2,800
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Cat group and Tiny Doba), 2022
dimensions variable
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Ward 2), 2022
44 x 19.5 x 14 cm
$2,800
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Toad Fairy), 2022
82 x 37 x 37 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit (Flower Hand)
10 x 13 x 13 cm
$500
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit (Gloss Ward 3), 2023
42.5 x 15 x 13.5 cm
$2,800
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Doba Urn 2), 2022
22 x 20 x 20 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Hoe), 2017-2022
14 x 13 x 11 cm
$900
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Face on Orange Dish), 2022
11 x 12.5 x 1 cm
$350
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Moc Mac (Orange Black Urn), 2022
4.5 x 15 x 1 cm
$500
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit Hefeco 2, 2023
32 x 17 x 14 cm
SOLD
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vigit (Spirit Bird)
8 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
$900
Mai Nguyễn-Long
Vomit Girl: Vigit (Worana 1), 2017-2022
18 x 16 x 17 cm
$900
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