Lisa Mam X Peap Tarr
Lisa: I got into Street Art from mainly hanging out with Peap, I was inspired by Street Art in Paris when I was younger and I would see it all the time when I was visiting family there, but when I really started to paint on the streets in Phnom Penh city was with Peap, and we just keep painting together because of our styles really complimented each other and our personalities clicked it is like Yin and Yang and than eventually we got married haha.
Peap: Haha Yes Lisa and I found love for one another through Street Art, I guess its very romantic haha. It is also us wanting to visually explore and express our culture to the world through the influences of urban culture we grew up with as well which is heavily the elements of Hip Hop culture. For myself I really got into graffiti as a teenager growing up between Australia and New Zealand where I was born in Auckland City but later on as I got older, I really wanted to communicate part of my culture which is part Cambodian and Part New Zealand so I fused the two together and come up with my own style of painting which I kept painting on the streets with my friends who were doing straight up Letters and combining my elements with their elements.
Peap: When I came back over to Cambodia, Lisa and I met by a chance meeting through some friends and immediately we connected and we started our Street Art Adventures together and now we are Married haha
Lisa: Both our style really do compliment each other since both Peap and I are inspired greatly by our Cambodian heritage and with Peap his Khmer and New Zealand heritage combined, I would say Peap is very masculine the way he paints since his art work is very bold with much thicker lines than mine where as my art work is much more feminine and I love to work on intricate details, so we both bounce of each others styles and bring into one combined piece which sometimes people think its just one artist painting. It is very easy working with Peap since he is very adaptive to my approach of painting and I would have to say vice versa, I guess this is what makes us a great team.
Sometimes Peap will spend time filling in the colours and I focus on the line work. Another time I'll work on a new area and Peap will focus on the line work, it is like weaving in and out of each others work. Painting in the Maldives was one of the most amazing experiences both Peap and have done so far with our art.
The owner of Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives invited us; he had seen our art through an Architectural Firm called Harper Architecture who we have done several smaller projects with in the past. Harper Architecture was working on some of the Architectural and interior designs on Kurmathi, they were working on a new section of the Island and the owner of Harper Architecture “Peter Harper” showed our art to the owner of Kuramathi Island Resort and he loved what we do, so soon we connected and worked out a budget and we were flown over to the Maldives and spent almost a month on Kuramathi painting. Some people think we may have just been taking our time because we were on a beautiful island but actually we painted everyday 7 days a week under the sun but we are not complaining at all since the owner of Kuramathi and all his staff treated us very very well, one of the best times we have ever had, doing what we love and surrounded by one of the most beautiful environments in the world. We put in a big effort into painting large Mural for Kuramathi; the main inspiration for our art in the Maldives is Ocean and the sea life surrounding us on Kuramathi Island Resort.
Asia right now, as I see it and feel it is becoming a true destination for people from around the world to not only visit and holiday but a place where creative people and not just business types are able to thrive and survive creatively whether they be in the field of architecture, arts, music, film production fashion etc. It feels as though Asian creative people who were once inspired by the west are finding their own sense of identity and pushing their culture to the forefront, creating trends that the West is attracted to, this is how I see Asia’s major role in Fashion and all things creative.
Cambodia right now is starting to become the new boom town or so we are told, but I do feel there is a creative surge in the atmosphere since both my husband Peap Tarr and I have been living good from our art ventures, one project leads to another, it is truly a great blessing. I’m also staring to see younger artist in their teen and early 20’s also starting to find ways of making a business out of their art, so I would say the future is looking bright for the Art community in Cambodia.
One of the places that has inspired both Peap and I would have to be our Ancient capital Siem Reap which is Angkor Wat and all the surrounding ancient structures built around Angkor, this a place our ancestors built not only was it once a great empire in South East Asia but the intricate designs and details carved onto the walls of the Temples are simply beautiful and ever inspiring for us and many future generations.
This year has already started with some really cool projects in the works, which I’m going to have to keep on the hush for now haha but one that I’m working on right now which I’m truly excited about involves an international fashion label which will be out soon so keep up to date via my ig account www.instagram.com/mam_lisa_mam/
Plus Peap and I have some large mural projects that will be happening sometime this year as well.
In Terms of art shows we really want to create a truly unique show which we are also working on , so we are both keeping very busy , we hardly go out anywhere much at the moment.
Our ultimate goal as artist is to really live a good life and travel the world painting, meeting cool people, enjoying good food and drinks plus spreading Peace Love, Happiness and Unity through our art, I know it sounds dreamy, but that truly is what we love to do and plan to keep doing.
I guess its very similar to what I just mentioned haha but we just want to have peace in our life and keep creating our art and exploring the world with our art and spreading good vibes.