Myanmar and Danish artists sculpt one another’s face

A Myanmar sculptor and a female artist from Norway collaborated on an art project on Jan 25, by simultaneously sculpting portraits of one another at Art Plus Art Gallery in Yangon.

U Kyaw Kyaw Min and Merete Sejersted Bodtker sculpt one another at Art Plus Art Gallery in Yangon on January 25. (Photo/ Aung Htay Hlaing)

According to a Myanmar Times report, Myanmar sculptor U Kyaw Kyaw Min said he invited Norwegian artist Merete Sejersted Bodtker to take part in the project during her visit to Yangon.

“Ms Bodtker sculpted a portrait of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi two weeks ago, and she invited some Myanmar sculptors to see her work,” he said. “When I checked her sculpture I saw her brilliant skill, so I invited her to sculpt my portrait while I did the same for her, and she accepted my idea.”

The sculptures were created from 10am to 2pm (with a one-hour break for lunch) using clay, from which plaster moulds will be made at a later date.

“I will keep the plaster moulds for display in a one-man show in the future,” said U Kyaw Kyaw Min.

“We each made our sculptures by looking at one other instead of using photographs, which I think is more interesting,” he said, adding that the event was documented by a video crew so that a film could be made for broadcast in Norway.

“The main purpose of this sculpting event is to showcase each other’s skills,” said U Kyaw Kyaw Min. “I want to let everyone know that I learned sculpting from my father, U Lwin Maung, while Ms Bodtker studied in the United States. But we are at the same level.”

Source: The Myanmar Times

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