Vuth Lyno / Cambodia b.1982 / House – Spirit (detail) 2018 / Spirit houses, steel, door and window frames / Dimensions variable / Proposed for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection / © The artist / Photograph: Lim Sokchanlina / Image courtesy: The artist and Sa Sa Art Projects

Vuth Lyno
House – Spirit 2018

On Display: GOMA, Gallery 1.2

Vuth Lyno’s sculpture House – Spirit 2018, honours the White Building and its communities. Over time, the artist forged close relationships with the building’s residents, and as they left their homes, he collected the spirit houses that were abandoned or offered to him. Common throughout South-East Asia, spirit houses are domestic temples or shrines that are worshipped to appease the spirits; in return, homes and businesses are protected from harm. The designs vary greatly from the highly decorative to simple bamboo structures. A tower of more than 100 shrines, House – Spirit recalls one of the modular columns of apartments and balconies that once comprised the White Building.

Vuth Lyno explores social change, community relationships and urban development in Cambodia in his practice. He often involves specific communities in his work, which is concerned with social issues and injustice. Lyno’s current project explores the legacy of the White Building in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The White Building was home to artists, performers and craftspeople prior to its demolition in 2017 by a foreign developer.

Contemporary context

How does Vuth Lyno:

  • use materials, technologies or approaches to affect the audience experience?
  • employ imagery and/or display techniques to challenge aesthetic traditions?
  • provoke discussion about twenty-first-century issues and concerns?

Personal context

How does Vuth Lyno:

  • communicate influences on her life and experiences?
  • create sensory experiences to generate emotional responses from the viewer?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

How does Vuth Lyno:

  • explore cultural traditions?
  • reflect community interests through social commentary?
  • respond to cultural influences?

Formal context

How does Vuth Lyno:

  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?
  • share characteristics with art movements, times, places or events?