Week 11 Artist Conversation: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition: this is all i remember

Media: Fiber

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Sovanchan Sorn is a student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Fiber program. Her art tells of her family’s experience as Cambodian refugees who escaped the regime of Pol Pot. There are excerpts of her family members telling what they went through and what they had to endure. Their experience is heart wrenching and unlike anything I had ever read before.

Formal Analysis

There were pieces in her exhibition that were hung throughout the gallery. They consisted of reflected materials that were light colors. They were white and light pink with pearlescent reflective materials. There were lights that shined upon the hanging pieces which allowed their iridescence to be seen by the audience. There were also excerpts on one wall that consisted of stories of starvation, mistreatment, and distress they endured from living in Cambodia during the time Pol Pot’s regime took over which is one of the worst times in Cambodia’s history.

Content Analysis

Even though the experiences of Sovanchan’s family were times of struggle and pain, the reflective pieces served as sort of a the light at the end of the tunnel following such horrific events. it kind of reminded me that there are things to be learned when we go through something whether they are small or big. Even though they went through thee hard things, they are now able to live better than before which is what the art work represented to me.

Synthesis

I really enjoyed this show. I think its relevance is importance today because even though Cambodia has not been under the regime for many years, it is still suffering its repercussion from that time. I also think the excerpts stuck more with me than the actual pieces that were made by Sovanchan but I think it was an overall great exhibition.

 

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