Returning to the Ancient links to rediscover the Modern
Im originally from Auckland New Zealand but I have a Cambodian mother who still lives in Phnom Penh Cambodia so naturally I returned to the place of my Mothers origin. When I came back to Cambodia there was no real street art or graffiti art that was existing , well none that was local , there were a few tags,throw ups and mini pieces left behind by passing tourist ,so safe to say just tiny random stuff here and there nothing very inspiring since it looked more like a drunk night out for foreigners out for a bit of painting. So for me who ties in my work culturally with my Cambodian heritage and New Zealand upbringing I really wanted to change the landscape of my mothers birthplace and give back something to the now dusty streets and faded walls of Phnom Penh city a place that came out of a war that to this day has had a huge effect on the population and people of Cambodian heritage around the world. I truly wanted to give back culturally and creatively in the way I knew how best , which is painting on walls. Its been along journey since 2010 up until now 2013 how ever I was blessed to have meet Lisa Mam in 2013 a local Khmer artist who was practicing her own modern version of Khmer Art so when we meet it was like the missing link and we just connected like Ying and Yang in our styles of painting , it was like all of a sudden , my work that had looked bizzare and exotic to people overseas and back home in New Zealand suddenly made sense in Phnom Penh Cambodia and ever since our work has spread from the streets of Phnom Penh to various places around Cambodia all the way into trendy Hotels and bars in the capital and now steadily making impact in Bangkok Thailand ,from small thins big things grow.