Bangkok is a vibrant and exciting city, nowhere more so than in the art scene. AsiaLIFE highlights four female artists to look out for in 2013.
After graduating from Sukhothai University, Charinthorn started her career with Cheeze magazine. Her interest in the visual arts drove her towards fashion photography. Now her interest has shifted to more playful work in which she expresses a very personal vision of her perceptions, intuitions and reflections.
“I use art as my therapy,” she says. “It’s become the way I can overcome the deep wound inside me and also the way for me to find and get to understand myself. This is the reason why I always make the concept from my point of view. I need to have something I really want to say, then the concept will come to me.”
Her work is currently on show at Number1 Gallery until Feb. 9, and she confesses to a certain unease whenever she has a new project.
“The most funny things is I always feel insecure on my exhibition opening so somehow I still think of myself as young artist,” she says.
Imhathai gained a Bachelor and a Master of Thai Arts, from Silpakorn University. Her work has been exhibited at the International Incheon Women Artists Biennale, the Busan Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila and the Singapore Art Musuem.
“I create the artwork that relates to my life, my family, my love,” she says. “Art makes me understand my life better.”
She is planning a group show with Numtong Gallery this year and a solo exhibition next year.
“In terms of being an artist, I think the greatest artistic achievement to date is when my art work is finished because most of my happiness happens when I’m making art,” Imhathai says.
Yuree Kensaku is a Japanese–Thai artist whose bizarre, cartoon-like paintings convey her fanciful insights into local and global situations. Her works have been in permanent collections at the Singapore Art Museum, Yokohama Museum of Art, Mori Art Museum and several private collectors.
“I usually create artworks from my surroundings,” she says. “The contents are all about changing, destruction, and uncertain things. I am interested in creating artwork from various materials, techniques and textures including wall paintings and graphic design.”
This month she is participating in a project called Bukruk, an international graphic art project gathering over 30 artists from street art, graphic art and illustration at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC). In April, she plans to join an art event held in some caves in Ratchaburi province, before having a solo exhibition at 100 Tonson Gallery in August.
“The greatest achievement for me is being accepted from people around me, and getting opportunities to create my artwork continuously,” she says.
Born in Chiang Mai, Sudsiri graduated from Chiang Mai University before gaining a masters in graphic arts from Silpakorn University. She works with a variety of media such as printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and video. Her exhibitions have included ‘Siamese Darling’ at the Venice Biennale, 2009 and ‘The Kissing Room’ at the Beyond Pressure Art Festival, Yangon, 2012.“My art work is part of my life,” she says. “I’m just living my life, and the conflicts, questions, struggles and philosophy that life brings becomes my art. Technically I’m very experimental. Conceptually, I’m interested in the existence of self and meaning of life.”
She is currently working on an untitled project inspired by Pieterskerk Cathedral in Leiden.
“When I walked in Pieterskerk and looked at all the shiny old grave stones, with names, dates, words, beautifully engraved, I felt so close,” she says. “One thing I found very interesting is the characteristic grave stone floor. To me, it’s a totally different point of view about death. I am from an Asian background where cultures and religions strongly focus on life after death. Death is a connection to a new life, and life is lived conscious of death.”