Sculptor Sopheap Pich lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working primarily in rattan and bamboo,Â constructingÂ and weaving organic and plant forms which are at once solid and ethereal. HisÂ sculpturesÂ – currently installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a disappointingly offhand and rather ragtag display – move betweenÂ abstractionÂ and representation: the open weave construction allowing the free circulation of air in and out of the forms. Rattan and bamboo areÂ ubiquitousÂ to Cambodia, especially thriving in the wild mountains, where harvesting it is both difficult and dangerous. These natural materials are integral to life in Southeast Asia – from housing and baskets to fish traps and waterwheels – andÂ the artist’s use of such demanding, difficult-to-tame media speaks to a generation that came of age under the Khmer Rouge-ledÂ governmentÂ of Kampuchea. Combining the visualization of a painter with the spatial conceptualization of a sculptor, Pich literally draws in space with these materials, creating three-dimensionalÂ objects which consciously evoke the spirit of a very personal, poignant place.