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Upstream

Sopheap Pich (born Battambang, Cambodia 1971)

Date:
2005
Culture:
Cambodia
Medium:
Bamboo, rattan, metal wire, and copper
Dimensions:
118 x 39 x 39 in. (299.7 x 99.1 x 99.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Lent by Tyler Rollins Fine Art
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art
  • Description

    “Upstream was made at a transitional time when I was without a proper studio space and was working on my balcony. This piece has obvious reference to fish traps. As a little boy during the Khmer Rouge [era, 1970–75], I used to watch and help my father build fish traps. We used to catch frogs with them. This cone shape symbolized for me a home or a shelter of sorts. I also kept thinking about border crossings. Like fish that travel upstream through barriers only to come up against another border. I wanted to see what would happen if I make this simple form; would it be an interesting sculpture.”
    —Sopheap Pich

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