On view: Migration by Chhan Dina
Migration is a new body of work by Chhan Dina that draws our attention to the world of birds, an endlessly fascinating subject for the artist. Cranes, finches and sparrows, in varied tones of ink and acrylic, emerge from a white background. The artist’s well-established style captures their dynamic energy with paint and ink splashed and dripped across the canvases.
For this series, Dina considers the migration of birds and their response to their environment. She notes that since the start of the global pandemic there are increased numbers of birds in places that are normally populated by people, with unusual sightings in Phnom Penh and around the world. For the artist, this is a moment to reflect on our relationship with birds and nature. To consider how as a modern and urbanized society we can live cooperatively with our environment.
Chhan Dina was born in 1984, and currently she lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dina’s style has developed throughout the years in a range of media however, from each venture into a new medium she maintains a motif. Birds, drizzled enamel, profile silhouettes and psychedelic brushstrokes are some of the many vehicles Dina uses to explore themes of loss, family, loneliness, celebration and love. Most of her work of late is abstract in nature. Dina is an avid lover of the natural world and has donated many of her works of art to raise money for animals in need, most recently to animals affected in the 2019 wildfire in Australia.
Her love of art gives her the energy and enthusiasm to teach visual art to children and teenagers in a number of orphanages and the International schools. Dina’s artwork has been recognised and supported by the United Nations and Asean Women of the Future Awards (2018) and she has exhibited work in Cambodia, Colombia, France, Singapore and the USA. Dina plans to continue depicting dynamic and engaging works of art, capturing the energy of life in Asia.