CHAN DANYb. 1984, Prey Veng, Cambodia. Lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Chan Dany is one of few emerging artists in Cambodia creating contemporary work that employs a flexible knowledge of kbach rachana, or Khmer decorative forms – an ancient code of organic shapes and patterns applied in different styles. His practice requires a repetition and patience reminiscent of traditional master-artisan methods of production, such as silk weaving. From a distance Chan’s art even resembles tapestry work, but upon closer viewing his technique is revealed. Of his arduous and delicate practice, Chan speaks about the materials he employs, noting that what was once his waste is now his medium, “My work is about the evolution of materials and knowledge. I take a wooden material apart and apply its pieces back together onto a wooden surface.”