"In these drawings I have tried to capture something of the children I see. Children who, despite living in particularly harsh and unforgiving environments, are still able to find and express happiness in such a simple and innocent way.

In their eyes I see something that is recognizable, a memory, from long ago.

In the street I watch people...
looking into their eyes - trying to find you.
I sense your breathing
feel your touch
hear your laughter
And when I shut my eyes I see you as though you are sitting just next to me.

It started when I was little, I always loved drawing people, I used to do Chinese ink (color or black ink) drawings when I was young and I tried to copy some masters’ works, I wanted very much to go to art university when I was in high school but life didn't allow me to do so. So around my last year studying in college I took some evenings to join a life drawing class organized by those art students from the art university. Then I started working and there wasn't much chance to continue drawing, so I stopped...

I had a career transit time in Cambodia before I joined AsiaLIFE magazine, my previous work ended and I didn't know where to move and what to do next, so with plenty of time I started drawing and painting again... from then on, I picked up one thing I deeply treasure and love in life and have never stopped working at it since..."


Download guidelines and application (Khmer).
Download full press kit (Khmer/English).

The US Embassy and JavaArts is proud to present the You Khin Memorial Women’s Art Prize.  This first-ever event is being launched during Women’s History Month (as instituted by US President Barack Obama) and in recognition of International Women’s Day.   The aim of the Prize is to inspire and encourage Cambodian women in self expression, to recognize the power and importance of women in the arts and to build up their social value.

Like women around the world, Cambodian women face discrimination, gender-typing, abuse and exploitation with few female heroes to represent them.  Fine art, because of its cultural impact and as an outlet for social change, is the perfect medium to cultivate such heroes.

To expand the impact of the Prize, JavaArts is coordinating a community effort to access and encourage women nationwide to apply for the Prize.  Several local arts organizations, prominent artists and educational institutions are involved as Info Points in promoting the Prize and contacting artists (complete list in additional documents).  Together, with additional support from the media and public, women artists from around the country will be encouraged to add their voice to a movement in women’s art.

Both established and student artists are invited to apply for the Prize.  There are two prizes offered, the First Prize of $800 will go to the best of the established artists and a second prize of $400 to the best student.  Ten Honorable Mentions will also be awarded with a certificate.  The selection will be made by five judges, all of whom are art professionals (please see additional documents for their details).
The selected artworks will be exhibited at the new JavaArts Contemporary ArtSpace and an award ceremony will be presented at the opening.  The dates and times will be announced.

about the artist

Qudy Xu

Qudy Xu is a self-taught artist living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She began exhibiting her works in 2007 with local and international artists in Phnom Penh. She was also part of the Selapak Neari program established in 2008 and funded by Arts Network Asia in Singapore.