Artist: Sovanchan Sorn
Exhibition: this is all I remember
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Growing up as the daughter of Cambodian refugees heavily inspired this exhibit. She seeks to illuminate the stories of not only her parents, but of her extended family, and their shared struggle in escaping Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime. This is what they remember.
Visually, all of her artwork is stunning. The detail that went into both sculptures is incredible. Her main metallic structure is beautiful yet fragile. The projections, done in the same style as the sculpture, add an intersting aura to this exhibit. One could spend hours reading the heartbreaking tales of oppression, that become center stage in this exhibit.
Each story presented is heartbreaking. These stories of struggle and the atrocities of a war torn nation are elevated and made a part of this art installation. I feel that there is a sense of making sense of things that influenced Sorn’s exhibit. She must make sense of these memories, be it hers or her family’s, and by creating this she has made sense of it all.
I enjoyed this exhibit, but it was hard for me to see the cohesion between her sculptures and the story being told. These sculptures are beautiful but they felt foreign to what was being told. They could have been taken out of this context and placed into any other context. But that does not mean they don’t feel that they belong here, because they do, but it was hard for me to find a sense of cohesion.