Artist: Sovanchan Sorn
Exhibition: F*ART; Fiber Arts Group Show
Media: Fiber, wire rush
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Sovanchan Sorn is currently a senior at CSULB and plans to graduate in the spring of 2017. She is presently enrolled in the fiber program. He interests include sculpting, which is seen in her art. She also enjoys the hit show Narcos on Netflix and working with children- over the summer she teaches art to children. When it comes to her own artwork, she really finds the joy in the process, the laborious aspect of whatever she is working on.
The piece of Sovanchan’s I observed is untitled however, it was previously named “tears” But she insists this is no longer its name and it is now going to be a part of a larger series of works. The sculpture was made with a material she called wire rush. It looks like metal wire covered in fabric, maybe cotton. The piece looks delicate, like its about to fall apart. Its kind of astonishing to see this thing to hold its shape and not collapse in on its self, This perception is probably due to the fact that the “wire” is so thin. The shape doesn’t really resemble anything i can think of. The best comparison I can make is that of an oblong pear. Its curvy. Bulbous even. The color is a golden yellow. And near the top of the sculpture, there are tassels.
I think the piece is about hardships. Sovanchan mentioned how her family immigrated from Cambodia in ’82 when the country was in the middle of a civil war. Her parents were even put into concentration camps. As I stated earlier the piece looks delicate. This could symbolize and reflect the fragility of politics, government, and even relationships. Yet the piece stays standing, which implies hope. Something I feel Sovanchan wanted to resonate with her audience. The sculpture also reminded me of a bird cage. This could signify a sense of being trapped. Whether that be in an unjust country or in poor living conditions.
Synthesis / My Experience
I had a great experience at the F* ART exhibit. Talking with the artist was really eye opening. I even was able to interact with some of the pieces on exhibit which i always thought was a big no-no. Sovanchan’s art really resonated with me. My father came to this country when his own was in the midst of a revolution. He came here looking for a new and better life. He was full of hope yet at the same time vulnerable and I can see that reflected in Sovanchan’s work.