The 36th Anniversary of Thai Arts is the newest exhibition at Queen Sirikit Art Gallery. Some 200 works from Art Students can be admired. The opening night was on December 10 with artworks on display until January 10. As traditional art form in Thailand has long been intimately intertwined with religion, themes around faith and Buddhism continue to prevail in many art works on display at the Gallery. Traditional art forms are also a source of inspiration. Young artist Sittipong Pansomsong originally from the Southern Province of Nakhon Si Thammarat is fascinated by Manora dances and traditional nan-thalung (shadow puppet), typical from the deep South. “I love the colours, I love the ornaments. My sculpture expresses my passion for both arts which represent at best the soul and the culture of the South,” he says.
Interesting are the piece of works from another young artist Seksun Toummai . He drags his inspiration from Thai food, especially Luk Chup, a desert made from mung bean paste mixed with sugar,coconut milk and stir on a pan. With the shapes, he creates other pieces of food (his sculpture represents meat, vegetable and a slice of pizza) while on the wall, a photography shows his masterpiece: the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall. “My sculpture does not last more than three days”, he explains.
In non-confrontational Thai society, art can appear as a way to express opinions on current issues and events. In display at the Gallery is Aphiphon Techamangkhalanon’s painting “Boat of Culture” showing a Thai-shaped vessel consumed from the inside; a sense of vanishing cultural identity can be seen in many pieces of art there. Such as in “Decline 2”, a painting from Krissada Kanthasak showing fading frescoes and house.
Politics is also present with “Untitled” from Teerawat Nuntcharoenpol. The artist created a temple-style fresco to relate the events of May 2010 in Ratchaprasong when Thai army crushed the Red Shirts’ movement in Bangkok city centre. A powerful piece of art where the public will recognize some of the protagonists of the 2010 events.
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