Exhibitions/ Art Object

Buddha 2

Sopheap Pich (born Battambang, Cambodia 1971)
Rattan, wire, dye
H. 100 in. (254 cm); W. 29 in. (73.7 cm); D. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2012
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Sopheap Pich
“Buddha 2 was born out of a short journey my family took on foot from a Khmer Rouge village to the center of Battambang, the province of my birth. The Buddha was to symbolize a temple called Wat Ta Mim. My family built a hut across the street. I used to go past the temple ground everyday with a buffalo to the rice field several hundred meters away. I would occasionally walk inside the temple hall to see bloodstains on the floor, ceiling, and walls—bloodstains that looked like they had been sprayed with a toy gun. Where there used to be the normal Buddha sculptures, there were just piles of broken things I couldn’t see. . . . I was afraid to look in the dark.

I’ve never made a Buddha sculpture prior to this. . . . It just happened that as I moved down from the shoulder area, I thought it maybe was enough for what I wanted to say. I dipped the ends of the strands in India ink to get at the bloodstains I had seen. Some say it is about the broken state of religion and culture.” —Sopheap Pich
Sopheap Pich Phnom Phenh (2009–12); [ Tyler Rollins Fine Art , New York, 2012; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich," February 23, 2013–July 7, 2013.

Washington, DC. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Cambodian Mass Atrocities, 1974–1979, and the Pursuit of Justice," April 13, 2015–October 12, 2015.

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