Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

b. 1971, Laos
Lives and works in Canberra, Australia

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn came to Australia in 1979. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Western Sydney and a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales (COFA). Savanhdary’s work has always interwoven Lao cultural references with Australian and other cultural influences: from Australian Aboriginal art to Scottish Tartans, to Indian miniatures, and now to Japanese Buddhism. Besides using motifs and symbols from Lao textiles, for example, she has applied a technique of perforation to some artworks in a direct reference to the act of weaving.

Savanhdary has undertaken numerous residencies, both in Australia and overseas including in India, Japan, Laos, Scotland, Singapore, and Vietnam. In 2006, she was commissioned to create a major new work for Zones of Contact, the 15th Biennale of Sydney. She was a finalist in the 2016 Sir John Sulman Prize and the 1998 Moet & Chandon Art Prize.

Her work is included in important public collections including those of the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra); Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA (Brisbane); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney); National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne); the Australian National University Collection (Canberra and Artbank), as well as notable private and corporate collections including Macquarie Bank (Sydney); World Bank (New York); the Holmes à Court Collection (Perth); and the Allens Collection (Sydney).

Biography information from Martin Brown Contemporary, March 2023

Country: Laos