His pieces of art are to be seen at the current exhibition of the 36th Thai Art Exhibition of the Thai Art Department at Queen Sirikit Art Gallery. Seksun Toummai, 24 , has a witty smile and is a relaxed young Thai artist. His passion is about Luk Choop, this typical Thai dessert prepared formerly for the Royal court and made in the shape of small fruits or vegetable. “Luk Choop is made from mung bean and mix with coconut milk, sugar and jelly, coated and then painted with food colours. Its colourful appearance and infinite shape it can take inspired me to create sculptures. What I find fascinating in Luk Choop is that the shape is so different of the content. I love this idea to take an appearance on the outside but still be the same deep inside. It is very much like the Thai society those days. Humans try to look very different in their behaviour. But deep inside, they still remain the same.”
Seksun shapes with Luk Choop other types of food- his piece of work at the 36th Thai Art Exhibition represents pieces of meat, pizza and veggies-. He even created the iconic Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall. “It was a lot of work around one month. I kept it in a special cold box to be sure that it did not dissolve to rapidly”, tells Seksun, looking at a picture of the Throne Hall at the Exhibition. Is he not upset to see his piece of work vanish in generally three days?
“First just for spoof. Nothing last for too long those days! And I think that it reflects also our world, where people tend to forget so rapidly what they just adored before!” Will ephemeral art be Seksun trade mark? The young artist reveals to think now of doing sculptures… made of clay.
Dec 8 – Jan 10
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