Elizabeth Briel, Travel Artist

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?Missing [Apsara]? Part 4: Ramvong

Detail of figure from ?Missing [Apsara]?, Handmade Ink and Acrylic on mulberry/bamboo paper, 70 x 70cm, 2009

When I painted this shirt I painted Khmer script into the violet-and-gold pattern: “Ramvong” is graceful Cambodian dance, slow and sensual. You don’t need a local lover or partner to do it – everyone dances in a circle and smiles at foreigners who try. It’s easy to do badly and hard to do well. This Cambodian karaoke video will give you a taste of it.

Part 1: “Missing [Apsara]”: Expensive Accessories
Part 2: “Missing [Apsara]”: Headless
Part 3: “Missing [Apsara]” Supple Status Symbols
Part 5: “Missing [Apsara]” Sexpats I Have Known

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