Artist narrative

An exhibition by SVAY Ken, LEANG Seckon, Vincent Broustet, Sasha Constable, MEAS Sokhorn, YIM Maline, CHHAN Dina

Artist bio

Sasha Constable
British artist Sasha Constable is a sculptor, painter and printmaker who specialized in stone sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London graduating in 1992. She arrived in Cambodia in 2000 as artist in residence for the World Monuments Fund and embarked on a series of wood and linocuts of the temples and their surroundings. The stone carvings on show are part of an ongoing series about Gods and Demon’s inspired from Angkor.

Also a teacher of art Sasha has taught numerous workshops to young Khmer artists and children. She has co-founded and coordinated a number of successful art projects in Cambodia using art as a tool to educate people to various issues including landmines and small arms proliferation. Sasha is an active participator and promoter of the Cambodian contemporary art scene and has been the art curator at Hotel de la Paix since June 2010. She has exhibited her own work in over forty group exhibitions and had eight solo shows. Her art work is in private collections around the globe.Sasha Constable

British artist Sasha Constable is a sculptor, painter and printmaker who specialized in stone sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London graduating in 1992. She arrived in Cambodia in 2000 as artist in residence for the World Monuments Fund and embarked on a series of wood and linocuts of the temples and their surroundings. The stone carvings on show are part of an ongoing series about Gods and Demon’s inspired from Angkor.

Also a teacher of art Sasha has taught numerous workshops to young Khmer artists and children. She has co-founded and coordinated a number of successful art projects in Cambodia using art as a tool to educate people to various issues including landmines and small arms proliferation. Sasha is an active participator and promoter of the Cambodian contemporary art scene and has been the art curator at Hotel de la Paix since June 2010. She has exhibited her own work in over forty group exhibitions and had eight solo shows. Her art work is in private collections around the globe.

Chhan Dina
Born in 1984 in Phnom Penh, Dina studied art at Bright Arrows under the tutelage of Ron Rieman at Studio 310 in Phnom Penh. She is a painter and sculptor. In this series her paintings illustrate scenes from everyday life; the first sculpture depicts a woman working and living in a subservient role and the second portrays how many people wear disguises, hiding their fears with masks, covering their angst.

Dina was the only female artist selected to take part in IMPACT: an exhibition about landmines organized by the UN in 2009, her resulting sculptures were shown in Colombia and the UN headquarters in New York. Her love of art gives her the energy and enthusiasm to teach visual art to children and teenagers in a number of orphanages and the International School Phnom Penh.  Dina’s art work is in private collections in Cambodia, France, Ireland, Spain and the USA.

MEAS Sokhorn
Born in 1977, Sokhorn studied Interior Design at the Royal University of Fine Arts.  He quickly discovered his interest in contemporary art and has consistently pushed the boundaries with his choice of materials. The series of sculptures on show are composed from wire, manual labouring tools, and found objects he recovered from ‘et chai’ or rubbish collectors. These objects are physical representations of cultural practices displaced by modernity. His re-working and adapting the form and functionality of objects, creates new potential in terms of how they are used, perceived, and interpreted.
Sokhorn was a finalist in the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2008, organized by the Singapore Art Museum. In 2010, he was an artist in residence in Long Beach USA and he participated in the Melbourne International Arts Festival with the collaborative work The Hawker’s Song. Other works, like Tornado, are part of the Singapore Art Museum collection. He has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions within Cambodia and lives and works in Phnom Penh.

YIM Maline
Born in Battambang in 1982, Yim Maline's rigorous and meticulous practice spans media and scrutinizes the complexities of freedom. By reinterpreting childhood memories and unraveling contradictions of the present, she creates work in which the playful and unsettling coincide.

Maline studied visual art at Phare Ponleu Selapak in Battambang, Cambodia (1995-2003), and received her Diplôme National Arts Plastique at the École Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Caen la Mer, France (2010). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in France and Cambodia and had her first solo exhibition titled ‘Remember’ at SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh in 2011.
 
LEANG Seckon
Born in 1974 in Prey Veng province, Seckon was a 2002 graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh and is one of the leading artists in the Cambodian contemporary art scene. The art works on display are from his series ‘My Feeling from the Buddha’. These paintings depict Seckon’s personal feelings towards the Buddha and illustrate how Buddha stories have infused Seckon’s life. In the work Seckon focuses on the body of the Buddha and his many different forms.

Noted exhibitions include the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan in 2009, the ASEAN New Zero Contemporary Art Exchange, Yangon, Myanmar, also in 2009, and The Rubbish Project (launched 2006 with Fleur Smith) an ongoing art project to raise awareness of environmental issues in Cambodia. He has exhibited widely in Cambodia and throughout Asia. In 2010 Rossi & Rossi hosted his first solo exhibition in Europe which was an unquestionable success.

SVAY Ken
SVAY Ken was born in Takeo province in 1933. He was one of four children in a family of farmers. From a young age SVAY Ken studied in a Wat as a novice monk and on leaving the Wat he helped his family in the fields. In 1955 he moved to Phnom Penh and with the help of his uncle began work at Hotel Royal where he worked for almost thirty four years. During the Pol Pot regime SVAY Ken and his family were forced to leave Phnom Penh, he returned to work at Hotel Royal in 1979 and retired in 1994.

Worried about his family’s finances, at the age of 60 he took up painting to earn extra income. SVAY Ken began to make sketches of everyday Cambodian life which would soon catch the attention of guests in the Hotel. SVAY Ken is often referred to as the grandfather of Cambodian contemporary art.

He was a prolific painter and has left an admirable legacy. His work tells the viewer a story and draws one into the life of an ordinary man with a vision. SVAY Ken was chosen as Cambodia's entry in the Fukuoka Art Triennial (1999). Articles about his work have appeared in numerous publications including Asian Art News, Vietnam Times and The New York Times. SVAY Ken passed away in 2008.

Vincent Broustet
Born in 1962 in Bordeaux, France, Vincent Broustet studied at the Beaux Art School in Paris. Fascinated by other cultures Vincent has travelled extensively through South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, finally settling in Kampot, Cambodia in 2004.

Vincent works with varied subject matter including landscape, architecture and people. With this current series Vincent delves in to his fascination with people as they sleep. The sleepers are seen from above as suggested silhouettes, the soft edges covered with the bright pyjamas Khmer girls like to wear at home or whilst shopping in the markets. Vincent has exhibited his drawings and paintings in France, Morocco, Singapore and Cambodia.

Exhibition
"SEVEN"
Artist
SVAY Ken, LEANG Seckon, Vincent Broustet, Sasha Constable, MEAS Sokhorn, YIM Maline, CHHAN Dina
Date
11 May - 27 June 2012
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