Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All that arises

Exhibition and Shows

16 Aug 2019 to 13 Oct 2019

The Drill Hall presents a multi-media survey exhibition by Canberra based artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn. Featured are more than 50 of the artist’s works across nearly 25 years, ranging in scale from large triptychs on canvas to intimate works on paper.

Vongpoothorn’s deeply contemplative work is remarkable in sustaining creative and critical relationships with multiple influences. Marked by an enduring interest in her South-East Asian origins and their relationship to contemporary Australia, her work bridges contemporary realities with historical reference.

In the artists monograph, author and exhibition curator Chaitanya Sambrani describes Vongpoothorn’s art as “a fusion of personal experience, cultural hybridity and painterly abstraction”…”In addition to her affinity to the Australian bush, the range of cultural references in her work has included textile traditions from Laos and Scotland, Australian Aboriginal painting, diagrammatic and textural representations of Buddhist concepts, the pattern language of Japanese design and the delicacy of drawing and vibrancy of colour in Indian miniatures.”

Vongpoothorn’s practice has been recently extended through a collaboration with Japanese tanka poet and calligrapher Noriko Tanaka. The exhibition features a major new installation of handmade Japanese paper resulting from this collaboration, which originated in the precincts of the Todai-ji temple complex in Nara, Japan.


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Free Entry

Event Times

16 Aug 2019 to 13 Oct 2019

Once Only Event


ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Kingsley Street, Building 29, Acton, 2601

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