Sokuntevy Ouer (Tevy) explores the surreal realm of Cambodian star signs by creating an equally surreal and thought-provoking sculpture made of rattan, coffee, handmade paper, paint and an array of other found objects to convey a sense of hybrid that has become her signature voice.
“Cambodia is developing but is still in a kind of derelict state,” Tevy said. She sees the tension between what is modern and what is traditional in lives of the people. A large part of Cambodian society still go to fortune tellers and consult how their signs could affect their business, love, marriage, poverty, fidelity, childbirth and travel. Decisions are made if the signs are unfavorable which can change the course of their lives for better or for worse.
The idea for Tevy’s sculptures came to her simply by reading books and talking to the Cambodian people, finding out what was important to them. "This subject is something that is very prominent in the lives of Cambodian people so I wanted to explore that and show people my version of the signs," she explained.
The collection comprises 23 exquisite pieces of highly original, hand worked, sensual and tactile sculptures from the intriguing dark imaginations of one of the most exciting Khmer artist of today.
Tevy lives and works in Phnom Penh. She studied painting at the Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang and moved to Phnom Penh in 2007 to follow her chosen career path. Tevy has had much interest in her work as one of the very few female contemporary artists currently showing in Cambodia.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Wishes from my Past” at Meta House Gallery in 2007, “Free and Easy, ”Salt Lounge, 2007 and Ancient Spirits (Reborn), Java Café and Gallery, 2006-07, 2008. Group exhibitions include, The Art of Survival, Meta House Gallery, 2008 and more. Tevy’s work is included in art collections including Singapore Art gallery. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Art Asia Pacific, Asialife, Cambodge Soir, Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily.
- Ouer Sokuntevy (Tevy)
- 01 October - 30 November 2008