Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Acquired from the above in June 2000
'Savanhdary Vongpoothorn', Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, June 2000, cat.11
Savanhdary Vongpoothorn's 'Frozen Ground' (2000) is highly detailed and layered work, both in its physical form and in its conceptual foundation. Created by hand using a technique that stems from traditional Laotian textile stitching, the holes and raised perforations in the work build a complex web of repeated forms which, when viewed as a whole conversely evokes the tradition of minimalist abstraction. The connection between Vongpoothorn's Buddhist beliefs and her practice is apparent in the work, in which each mark can be understood to reference the repetition inherent in breathing, chanting and music.