The future is now. Look at the city’s buzzing and ever-evolving art scene and you’ll find new traditions forming, mixed media taking hold, politics and personal emotions revealed in fascinating forms on the canvas, works crafted by a rising younger generation of artists.
This year, BAM (the Bangkok Art Map), Bangkok 101, and the International School Bangkok (ISB) have teamed up to showcase select works created by Senior Diploma Visual Arts students. Besides bestowing students’ with a sense of pride in their work and a feeling of accomplishment, the competition sought to form a rich connection between the students in their final years of study and the real world—the inspiration in the everyday and the surreal, and the community that will confront, critique, and congratulate these artists down the line.
From a variety of submissions, comprised of diverse media, Kacee Jones was selected as the winner with her painting “Untitled.” Jones is currently in her final year of study at ISB. In describing art and its role in her life, she explains, “Art has always been my first language. It came naturally to me at a young age, and over the years [it] has grown with me like a second skin. I consider art the most free-reign part of who I am; while creating my artworks, I lose all fears and bring new light to myself.
“Through studying Diploma Visual Arts,” she continues, “I feel like I have become more independent. Within my own art, I have progressively developed an appreciation for more experimental [styles], as well as works that deviate from traditional materials and methods. This is very evident in my current work, which is centred on more unconventional methods and techniques. I use materials like saran wrap, glue, oils, and even expired inks.”
Says Jones of her painting, “The inspiration for ‘Untitled’ comes from when I used to live in areas that had four seasons during the year. My creative flow was heavily influenced by changes outside. During each season my creativity would take new forms and come from different places. This piece is a tribute to my winter artworks, which I miss most. [It] specifically displays a memory of my first winter living in South Korea, the beginning of creative flow more consistent than I had experienced before that point. I even ended up drawing with burnt matches one night. Living in Bangkok has created a different type of creative cycle for me. Although creativity is still constant, it comes in many foreign forms.”
The works in the pages that follow and more can be seen at the International School Bangkok Diploma Exhibition, running from March 30 until April 21 in the Main Library at ISB.
About Visual Arts at ISB
The International School Bangkok (ISB) offers students the opportunity to explore and develop their creativity and artistic passions through a variety of programmes, including courses in photography, studio art, fine art, ceramics, illustration, and mixed media.
At Senior level, students are able to further polish their creativity and passions through the study of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Visual Arts programme. This world-renowned program supports students in their discovery and refinement of individual artistic practices, as well as preparing them for further artistic study and real-world experiences.