Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cambodian Rattan - The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

Cambodian Rattan
The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 23–July 7, 2013

Contemporary Cambodian artist living and working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Born in 1971 in Battambang, Cambodia; 
1999, MFA in painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Pich works in the traditional materials of his Cambodian culture, principally rattan and bamboo.  

Materials are harvested from the environment around him and the skills required are known to everyone. Pich is subverting the traditional into contemporary forms.

Combining his training as a painter with the spatial conceptualization of a sculptor his sculptures are open-weave forms that are solid and ethereal, representational and abstract.

Buddha 2 (2009)  
Medium: Rattan, wire, dye 
Dimensions: H. 100 in. (254 cm); W. 29 in. (73.7 cm); D. 9 in. (22.9 cm)

 "I am having a lot of fun, and just doing what I love to do. I like what I am doing right now, because I am not thinking first about its purpose or theme. It’s all about playing. I just want to be a kid for a while and play with sculpture."

More details at The Metropolitan Museum

Asia Art Archive in America invited artist Sopheap Pich to discuss his practice as well as the Cambodian art scene.  Presentation by Sopheap Pich talks of his art practice and experiences as an artist.

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