(b. 1971, Laos)
Savanhdary Vongpoothorn is a painter and visual artist born in Laos, and based in Australia. Her delicate paintings, created by layering coats of paint on both sides of the canvas, are reminiscent of a myriad of different cultural symbols including but not limited to tartan, Laotian textiles, Buddhists mandalas, Minimal abstraction, and Aboriginal art.
These influences are fused with the canvas to form a multicultural flag of sorts. These cultural and spiritual references stem from Vongpoothron’s experiences of growing up and living in both Laos and Australia. Her art, rather than constituting a fixed tradition or objectified sense of culture, is a personal representation of her diasporic identity.
Her work has been exhibited locally and across the globe, being included in many important public, corporate and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian National University Collection, Artbank, and World Bank.