Go to: http://sathu.studio
In 2021, my father suddenly passed away in Cambodia. It left my mother alone by herself, unable to return to the Netherlands because of the coronavirus lockdowns. Because of her position as a widow, and her illiteracy, she was unsafe, and so the time that followed was filled with our attempts to keep her safe until the borders reopened.
Sathu.studio is a self-coded online website which acts as a placeholder for four emails I wrote during this time, as well as digital drawings and collages I made. Because of the intimate nature of this story, I secured the website with a password, and sent those who requested it via postcard, with an original stamp.
This life-changing event forced me to truly look deeply within myself and ask me what kind of person and artist I truly wanted to be(come). Sathu.studio, for me, marks a deep change, where I started to holistically embrace my origins as a Khmer, my story as a refugee child and my ambition to create a beautiful life for myself and for others.
Screenshots of sathu.studio
A selection of digital drawings featured in sathu.studio