Datsun Tran

My art is influenced by every facet of my life. Just as I have worked in many creative fields, my art is a product of what I see, the music I listen to, the books I read and what I learn.

I started making my birds as an object I could stick up in the streets and alleys in busy cities around the world. I wanted to give people little unexpected surprises, something that would get their attention and make them smile. The bird is such a strong symbol, it has a transcendent quality that lifts people from their lower self to their higher self, from material world to the spiritual world.

I’m asked quite often whether the pieces are sculptures or paintings. I don’t feel the need to say that they are one or the other. Much like actual birds, existing in both spheres of land and air, they exist somewhere in between, or both.’