09 Nov Animals Speak Thai
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Animals Speak Thai
a solo exhibition
during 24 November – 30 December 2018
at Subhashok The Arts Centre
“As human beings are the only specie that tell a lie, if we want to know the truth, it is better to let animals to speak instead.”
The exhibition titled ANIMALS SPEAK THAI is the second solo show of a Thai artist, Natthapat Dissorn. The artist has created almost 1,000 pieces of Jigsaw Puzzle made of wood and assemble them to be large installation works which animal characters perform in hypothetical situations mirroring human behaviors often seen in the society sarcastically.
Jigsaw Puzzle is a toy that has a long history since Archimedes epoch, in ancient Greek. In 1766, Mr. John Spilsbury, a British cartographer and engraver, created the Jigsaw Puzzle for educational purposes, and called them “Dissected Maps” by affixing a world map to wood and carved each country out to create the first puzzle as an educational tool to teach geography. Later on, his idea was spread out, then images in a variety of subjects were illustrated on the Jigsaw Puzzle, e.g., history, famous icons, the Bible, etc. However, the major role of playing any kinds of Jigsaw Puzzle is to put every piece of puzzle into the correct place; otherwise, the jigsaw puzzle may not be completed and lack of communication.
The creative works expressed through three-dimensional Jigsaw Puzzles by Natthapat Dissorn shown in the exhibition ANIMALS SPEAK THAI are presented in a form of installation art which consists of almost 1,000 pieces of Jigsaw Puzzle and all pieces are varied. Besides, all works are designed, created mechanism, and sewn every wooden piece by himself. Moreover, all pieces of jigsaw puzzle can be assembled perfectly because the artist has made a lot of effort with his remarkable skills in design and woodworking technique. Aside from depicting the subject matter, the Jigsaw Puzzle work is also created a new visual sense which 2D painting images can be perceived as in three-dimensional sense and that is the significance of his work.
“…My creative work is originated from my interest in incidents happened in the society then lead me to create visual representations from my own experience by using animal characters to signify human behaviors. Metaphor is the tool that I use for representing human behaviors by choosing some animals that I am familiar with and present them in my works. For instance, ‘Dog’, the animal that is cute, flattering, servile, swaggering and ferocious,
while ‘Tiger’, the hunting animal that is regarded as graceful and strong;
or a ‘Fighting Fish’, an animal used to signify the value of humans that often judged the beauty on physical appearance.
Furthermore, there are some animals that I selected to be a symbol for expressing or representing human behaviors. The role of metaphor in my work is to connect an abstract way of thinking with a concrete thinking by which using the method of creating two dimensional paintings that can be perceived as three-dimensional objects. From the limitation on perceiving two dimensional flat-planes, it drives me to develop my work from the past to a new way of presentation, i.e., painting installation. 3D-Jigsaw Puzzles are created to express the content more perfectly; also, to enhance the visual sense to perceive more dimensions.
The comparison between animals and human behaviors in various conditions for depicting the subject matter comes from researching and understanding the backgrounds, characters and behaviors of each creature attentively. However, to let audiences to experience and interpret the artwork showing in front of them freely is the main objective for my creative practice. Since any works of art can be interpreted into any angles, they reflect on the nature of human’s life that taste, knowledge and attitude indicate the way of each person see the world and their way of life … So, it is up to the audiences what they can hear those animals speaking in the exhibition ANIMALS SPEAK THAI…”
You are cordially invited to join the opening reception on 24th November 2018, 6:00 PM at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok. The exhibition will be displayed during 24th November – 30th December 2018, at Art Centre Bldg.-2nd floor. The show is curated by Suphita Charoenwattanamongkhol. For more information, please contact: email: email@example.com or tel. +66 2 662 0299, +662 258 5580 ext. 401. Follow the exhibition with official hashtag: #animalsspeakthai
Natthapat Dissorn was born in 1988, in Thailand. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Bunditpatanasilpa Institute in 2011 and a Master of Fine Art from Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. His works are created from his experience along with the research on human behaviors in the society. The artist creates symbols to represent some incidents which he would like to express with the method of metaphor through various characters in both realistic and surrealistic forms. His creative practices are presented in diverse techniques but all in unity and unique style expressing through drawings, paintings and installations inside art spaces as well as outdoors. The most significant work is the site-specific installation that compose of large Jigsaw Puzzles designed and arranged in accordance with the exhibiting site and subject matter that the artist is interested during that time.