works & exhibitions

Creating each of these paintings from thousands of meticulous impressions of lotus stems is but one facet of these works. Equally unique is the process of painstakingly brewing ink from charred lotus petals distilled in rainwater over long months and  even years, resulting in a rare elixir to imbue my palette.

I envision my paintings ecologically and holistically, with Cambodian nature as the source. Lotus stems are my paintbrush, while its flowers create my tones.

Starting with a blank piece of paper, a fresh lotus flower and ink, my artwork commences with but one image from a cut lotus stem, then continues into hundreds and thousands of indelible marks. The shading and the density of these impressions produce undulating patterns.

works

take a look at the development of the lotus impressions

2019

it's a new year
and my goal is make 150,000 lotus impressions

2018

I created may target work,
1.7m square with 20,184 lotus impressions

2017

2017 I started counting the lotus impressions. Starting with one single lotus mark and then at the end of 2017 I had made a total of 54,059 lotus impressions. 2017 Also saw my first solo exhibition at Amansara in Siem Reap.

2016

My vision began with a desire to create a single piece of art of a square or a rectangle by using something circular or round. As I sat in my atelier, lulled by Khmer crooner Sinn Sisamouth in the background, I grabbed an ink pad as I spotted a lotus flower. I broke off the petals and inked the stalk. What a wonderful impression it made! A circle with seven holes. I inked it once again, and stamped the paper again. One mark after another the impressions filled my first square.