© Khun Gechsoun
Cambodian Women’s Woodcut Series
Presenting the art of Khun Gechsoun
One Eleven Gallery is delighted to present ‘Cambodian Women’s Woodcut Series’ by Khun Gechsoun (aka Soon) with an exhibition of her unique hand-printed limited edition prints.
Soon’s art is inspired by her interactions with the people and daily life of her native town of Kampot – women workers in fishing and farming communities, as well as curious and often comical views of daily life in and around Cambodia’s tranquil but fast-developing coastal province.
Soon also employs and teaches local women arts and crafts skills, and will be bringing together the works of her team alongside her own striking pieces in a unique perspective of work and life of women in Kampot.
EXHIBITION: 15 – 17 SEPT 2018
MEET THE ARTIST: 4PM, SATURDAY, 15 SEPT 2018
WOODCUT & PRINT MAKING WORKSHOP: 11AM- 2PM, SUNDAY, 16 SEPT 2018
[LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE, CONTACT US TO BOOK YOUR SPOT!]
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WOODCUT & PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP
DATE: Sunday, 16 September
TIME: 11am – 2pm
VENUE: One Eleven Gallery
Get crafty with Soon and her team at this one-off woodcut and printmaking workshop! Suitable for both beginners and experienced artists, this hands-on experience is a great opportunity to create your own original works. Turn your design ideas into art prints for your friends, family or your own home!
You’ll be taught the basics of woodcut printmaking and be guided through the process of creating your own print in a fun and interactive group session.
The workshop costs $35 per person and is limited to 10 persons only. The price is inclusive of all materials and delicious snacks and refreshments!
© Khun Gechsoun
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Khun Gechsoun (aka Soon) was born in Kampot Province in 1986. Having lost her father when she was five years old, she was raised by her single mother who was often away collecting seaweed as a source of income. Her early years were of poverty and hardship. From a young age, Soon took on jobs such as washing fishing boats and collecting bamboo in the jungles to support her siblings.
After almost a decade in Malaysia working as a domestic maid, Soon returned to rebuild her life in Kampot by first becoming a waitress and then manager of a popular local café where she met her partner, musician/artist Julien Poulson. Soon assisted Julien in setting up KAMA (Kampot Arts & Music Association) and have since collaborated on producing the hugely popular Kampot Readers & Writers Festival.
Not limiting herself just to her artistic talents, Soon also runs enriching cuisine and culture tours of Kampot. A refined expert in the kitchen, Soon has recently been engaged by Christopher Mark of the highly respected Hong Kong-based Black Sheep Hospitality Group. Combining her art of storytelling, culinary knowledge and hosting skills, Soon and Black Sheep Restaurants are truly a perfect pairing.
Largely a self-taught Artist, Soon has learned from, hosted and worked collaboratively with a number of well-known international artists including Australian painter Helen Hopcroft, Borneo printmaker Rico Leong (both who supplied Soon with her first set of printmaking tools), renowned Australian book illustrator Sally Heinrich and a number of street and pop artists including Guatemalan Erick Gonzalez, and her partner Julien Poulson.
Influenced by the naïve style of pagoda painters, Khmer fable illustrators and tattoo artists, Soon also appreciates the work of revered painter Ken Svay and Kampot based British cartoonist Nicholas Grey. International artists who have influenced Soon’s work include Australian painter Helen Hopcroft (who created a large mural at KAMA), Frida Kahlo, Picasso, early 20th Century Chinese woodcut art movement and even Robert Crumb.
catalogue of prints
These unique woodcut prints are available in a limited edition of 10 each.