Monday, May 7, 2012

Made In Cambodia

I took this photo of a Sallyanne Morgan sculpture (called Made In Cambodia) at an exhibition at Java Cafe, Phnom Penh, earlier in 2012. It's my favorite photo of the year so far.

Irish Sculptor Sallyanne Morgan’s meditative, life-size, sculptures explore the tension between the perceived and the real, combining an observation of current lives and past traditions with an underlying uncertainty for what may yet come.

In the exhibition at there are three different series, all of them with a polished white surface. One features the life-like figures of a woman, a child and a man, each with protective tattoos engraved on them, offering a more literal and private narrative. The second series shows abstracted female torsos with a moving sphere in the middle that suggests a deeper more internal conversation. Finally, the third series of small figures balancing in various positions around a central rod, a metaphoric gesture about adaptation to change.

Sallyanne Morgan studied sculpture at Colaiste Conghaile in Dublin in 1995. She exhibited in Dublin and Cork and worked as a Community Artist around the country. This is her first exhibition in Cambodia.

Ben Thynal’s “My Selfish Family” and Sallyanne Morgan’s “The Illusion of Permanence” opened at Java Gallery and Café (56 Sihanouk Bvd.) on the 10th of January 2012.

This is part of the regular series of exhibitions, launching two at time every 6-7 weeks at Java Café & Gallery. Since 2000, this not-for-profit platform form contemporary visual arts in Cambodia, has hosted over 100 exhibitions and performances, including international collaborations and forums.

Excerpts from a post 6/1/12 by totallyrandomman at:

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