Sovanchan Sorn was born in Des Moines, Iowa where her family was sponsored in the early ‘80s after the Cambodian Genocide. A year after she was born, her family made the decision to move to Long Beach, California. She studied Applied Arts and Design at Long Beach City College and continued her education at Cal State University, Long Beach where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Fiber.
Sorn has served on the Board of Directors at the ArtExchange, a community fine-arts center in Long Beach (now LBMAx) and worked as the Program Director where she planned yearly intensive fine-art programs for youth. Currently, Sorn works as the Production Manager at Tanya Aguiñiga Studio in Los Angeles, California. She recently completed her artist residency at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). Sorn challenges the idea of pushing fiber weavings woven on a floor loom into delicate three dimensional sculptures by using materials ranging from cotton and silk to monofilament and copper.
Inspired by cocoons, Sovanchan uses copper and monofilament to explore the body as a tool to wrap, embrace, surround, and encase. The work preserves gesture and memory in transparency, light and shadow while exposing new forms, folds and dimensions.