Two of Cambodia’s leading urban artists will take their unique style to Thailand after being invited to present their work at the Lotus Arts de Vivre Gallery in Bangkok.
Artistic duo Lisa Mam and Peap Tarr, who have become known locally for their colourful, intricately designed murals scattered around Phnom Penh, will create a live painting at the Thai gallery from May 2 to 5, producing a unique artwork in front of an audience for charity.
“It feels strange to show my work in Thailand, where Khmer artists are rarely invited to perform,” says Lisa Mam, also known as Little Dots, who has been referred to as Cambodia’s first female graffiti artist.
“I am happy and surprised to present my work there.”
Lisa Mam and her partner in crime Peap Tarr regularly collaborate on murals and paintings.
They burst onto the world stage in March after selling a piece at the first art auction ever held in Cambodia by Christie’s, the 250-year-old British auction house.
Their painting, a graffiti-inspired portrait of a young woman, was bought by an overseas bidder.
“It was my first time joining an international auction,” Lisa Mam says.
The pair have been keeping busy before their Thailand visit by working on a collaboration called Cambodian Mask Project.
They’re among dozens of Cambodian and foreign artists residing in Cambodia who have been invited to decorate one mask each made to look like an ancient Khmer mask.
The masks will then be sold to raise funds that will support young Cambodian young artists.
Lisa Mam and Peap Tarr have dubbed their contribution Master Mask Graffiti.
An exhibit featuring the painted masks opens at the Plantation Hotel on May 24.
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