Artist: Sovanchan Sorn
Exhibition: this is all I remember
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Media: video, audio, interview, cotton, silk,wood, LED, monofilament, Copper
About the artist:
Artist Sovanchan Sorn is a Senior student at Cal State Long Beach who is graduating this Spring 2017 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fiber Art. She is also the first in her family to graduate college which is a big accomplishment and I congratulate her. Before attending CSULB Sorn went to Long Beach City College and transferred in the Spring of 2015. Once she graduates she plans to move to Los Angeles for a job position were she will be working with another artist on activims pieces and other forms of art. Also Sorn enjoys working in non-profit organizations were she had the privilege to create 12 workshops for the Cambodian Community that emphasized on Visual and Fine Arts. With her art work she plans to reach a larger pool of audience and open awareness to the Cambodian Community and refuges.
When walking into Scorn’s exhibition it held a mysterious factor to it which made me want to explore the gallery and see what each piece meant to the artist. On the left hand side were 2 pieces one which was made of monofilament and copper. The artist wanted to incorporate the copper because she believes that it would help compliment and contrast the monofilament. Which it did, the copper made the monofilament stand out and have different forms of texture all throughout. This also helped the artist shape the piece into a certain direction. Next, the artist had a wall with a video and audio playing on the right side of the gallery. The continuous video was made with a piece that she had made in the Fall of 2016 and the audio was playing the interview recordings of her family’s experience during the Regime. On the wall the artist had the audios text typed for the audience read and understand the stories of each individual.
The exhibition this is all I remember, is about the Khmer Rouge Regime that occurred in Cambodia. The artist used audio tapes and text interviews to display the issues and effects that followed during and after the war. The artist wanted to use this gallery as form of showing the Cambodian Community that others have also went through this same devastating event. She hopes that with this gallery other Cambodian refuges will be open to speaking about their stories.
Synthesis / My Experience
Overall, my experience in this gallery was very eye opening. I enjoyed how Sorn incorporated her family’s story and brought awareness to a big issue that occurred to many Cambodian families and refuges. The artist was also very inviting and easy going. When speaking to her I saw the passion she had for this gallery and how much she wants to help the Cambodian community. This gallery really made me alert because her artwork went onto providing real stories of those who were affected by the refuge camps.