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Exhibition

Love, Death and Dreams

Exhibiting Artists: Oeur Sokuntevy

Venue: Utterly Art 229A South Bridge Road > venue details

Dates: 30 Jun 2011 - 10 Jul 2011

OEUR Sokuntevy (Tevy) is a female painter from Cambodia who is boldly leading the charge of the country’s emerging women’s art movement. Tevy is certainly not afraid to speak her mind or ask questions. At the forefront of her practice is an impassioned personal search to determine where, as an independent woman and artist, she can identify herself within contemporary Cambodian society. Her gender and professional status as an artist, coupled with her unrelentingly honest approach to her subject matter, are a rare and precious combination.

Her paintings openly tell the story of the conflicts women this generation face, whether emotional, familial, social or financial, in trying to be themselves, in a place where restrictive conventions and values have long-existed and mapped out the path for women. Contrary to the Ch’bab Srey which advocated modesty, compliance, and the domestic sphere as a woman’s place of work, Tevy advocates self-expression and individuality. Tevy’s choice of subjects, the questions she raises and her unforgiving personal approach to issues she perceives as being the cornerstones of ‘female identity’, family and sexuality, make her a tour de force. Some recent works are resoundingly candid portrayals of her intimate relationships, at points showing tenderness, at others, contempt; all sides of love are shown, including what happens when it is no more.

Her refined and highly individualistic painting style, mostly in acrylic on paper, combines a modern approach with folk elements found in Cambodian art. Her clearly defined shapes and strong colours show her awareness and appreciation of her homeland’s art history. It is also her country’s traditions and superstitions, projected from her subconscious, that feed into this body of work which often presents itself as fearful or bizarre. The animals reference her culture’s deeply rooted relationship with nature, belief in reincarnation and indubitably the zodiac sign.

Tevy asks broadly: What is Cambodia today? What does it mean to be Cambodian? She cannot be alone in asking the questions, which are symptomatic of a greater struggle within the country of reconciling change and modernity with tradition. As such, she is firmly holding a mirror in front of contemporary society. In this, Tevy and her subjects are true spirits of the age.

(paraphrased from Natalie Pace, independent curator)



Exhibited Works

Next Life I

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
S$1380

Laughing

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

Gardening

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

The Ghost in the Machine

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
S$1380

On A Leash

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

Karaoke

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
S$1380

Earth and Water

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
S$1380

Nightmare

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

Next Life II

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

Bare

2011

57cm x 76cm
Acrylic on watercolour paper
SOLD

On the Shelf

2010

79.4cm x 79.4cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Kodak Moments

2010

79.4cm x 79.4cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

The Three Fs of a Relationship

2010

104.9cm x 79.4cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Love is Never Enough

2010

79.4cm x 104.9cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Shy Seduction

2010

79.4cm x 104.9cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Till Death Do Us Part

2010

104.9cm x 79.4cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

My Sweet Baby

2010

79.4cm x 104.9cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Open Heart

2010

79.4cm x 53.3cm
Acrylic on handmade paper
SOLD

Artist

  • Oeur Sokuntevy

    Cambodia

    Oeur Sokuntevy studied painting at the Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang and moved to Phnom Penh in 2007. Sokuntevy has had much interest in her work as one of the very few female contemporary artists currently showing in Cambodia. Besides Cambodia, she has exhibited in the USA, South Korea and Singapore. Sokuntevy’s work is included in art collections of the Singapore Embassy (Cambodia) and the Singapore Art Museum. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Art Asia Pacific,

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