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Foon Sham

2015  Open Studio Fellowship Artist

Vascular Form V, Orientation

12’ 6'' x 8’ x 8’
Pine
2015

Artist Statement
This is one of the series of works that I started in 1997, when I wanted to create a large vessel form that invites human interaction. Viewers can walk in and out of the sculpture with curiosity and the feeling of containment . They are also able  to interact with the exterior and the interior. When one gets inside, one can experience the change of temperature, the scale of the surroundings , the view to the sky , and the weaving pattern generated by the wood blocks (1 , 180 blocks ). In this piece, I have meticulously placed each block in relative position with each other to create a curvilinear contour in combination of a twist of the negative division lines on the top and titled it “Orientation.”

Foon Sham

www.foonsham.com

Born Macau, China, 1953
Resides Currently resides i n Springfield, VA

Education
• MFA, 1981, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
• BFA, 1 978, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Selected Exhibitions
• Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York, 2004
• Scott White Contemporary Arts, San Diego, California. 2006 
• Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2003

Selected Collections
• Washington Metrorail Rapid Transit Authority, Washington, DC
• Hong Kong Museum of Fine Art, Hong Kong  
• Washington Convention Center, Wash, DC

Selected Awards
• Franz and Virginia Bader Fund, Individual Artist Award, Washington DC, 2010
• Strauss Individual Artist Fellowship, Fairfax County, Virginia, 2014       
• Creative and Performing Arts Award, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2012

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