JAVA Café in Phnom Penh will host a painting exhibition and fortune telling today to celebrate Valentine’s Day at its gallery.
Oeur Sokuntevy, 27, who learned art for three years from nonprofit organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak beginning in 2001, will display her 13 paintings at the gallery. Her paintings are a kind of autobiographical series of work which she entitled “Face off”.
She says all paintings tell about her real relationship with her previous boyfriend and present boyfriend.
“Half of my paintings feature issues that occurred while I was staying with my previous boyfriend. When I quarrelled with him, I always painted those situations up. I crossed his face off after he and I were separated,” said Sokuntevy, adding that, “now I’ve met a new man. Even thought we just have a normal relationship, I paint about my feelings being with him, happy or unhappy.”
Oeur Sokuntevy says conflicts sometimes happen in relationships between boyfriends and girlfriends and married couples.
Some conflicts, she says, cause separation, and women always have bad feelings when they lose their love. She says some women believe their life seems totally meaningless.
But not many women are brave enough to speak up about their feelings when they face problems with boyfriends or husbands, she says.
Oeur Sokuntevy does these paintings to change the way they think and she wants all women not to get mushy upset and try to deal with all issues happening in relationships.
She says: “Many people have similar problems, united or separated, but they never dare to speak about their problem openly, so I show such problems to everybody.”
She uses papers and acrylic paints on her works. She says most of her paintings normally cover feelings involving families, couples, or sweethearts, but she plays with emotions in those paintings.
Oeur Sokuntevy’s paintings have been shown in South Korea, Myanmar, and the United States. This July, she will leave for her exhibition in Singapore.
Artist Nicolas C. Grey, will also show 12 paintings today at Java Café (56, Sihanouk Blvd) and the exhibition will start at 6pm till 9pm and finishes on March 20.
Java Café has also invited a local fortune teller, Chao Kuon Narann, 56, to offer predictions about love. Kuon Narann has worked as a fortune teller since she was 12 years old. She says her knowledge comes from the spirit world .
She says: “While I was sleeping, I dreamed of an old man handing me a deck of cards. He told me that this deck of cards would change my life.”
Kuon Narann started her job as a fortune teller since then by using cards to make predictions for all comers.
She says she receives about 30 people every week and her clients want her make predictions about their business, work, future, or love.
“For love issues, most of my clients are young girls,”” she says.
“Normally after they separated from their boyfriends and they come to me to find out why their boyfriends stopped loving them.”
Though she claims she can predict everything, today people should just ask her about love as it’s Valentine’s Day.
Before you ask her, tell her your date of birth, and she will give you one card to select from her special deck.
Then she will read the card you selected. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Khmer, a translator will stand nearby to help.