Reflecting on Cambodia as it emerges from years of broken infrastructure and into a new economic and social future, Sallyanne Morgan’s sculptures are an observation of current lives and past traditions with an underlying uncertainty for what may yet come. During times of change, we often turn to familiar customs and as an artist Sallyanne looks at the different symbols and rituals that define and guide the individual through this process. She examines this very private process through quiet meditative sculptures of life-size figures.
In the exhibition there are three different series, all of them with a polished white surface. One features the life-like figures of a woman, a child and a man, each with protective tattoos engraved on them, offering a more literal and private narrative. The second series shows abstracted female torsos with a moving sphere in the middle that suggests a deeper more internal conversation. Finally, the third series of small figures balancing in various positions around a central rod, a metaphoric gesture about adaptation to change.
The figures are displaced by their position in an active café/gallery space, one that it is in contrast to their stillness. At times they allow for a pause in the daily routine and at other times they disappear into the background, patiently waiting.
Sallyanne Morgan was born in Ireland and studied sculpture at Colaiste Conghaile in Dublin in 1995. She exhibited in Dublin and Cork and worked as a Community Artist around the country. On moving to Phnom Penh in 2001 she taught clay sculpture to young adults. This is her first exhibition in Cambodia.