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Traveling treasures

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S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre

proudly presents


Traveling treasures

curated by Chol Janepraphapan


a solo exhibition by

Patipat Chaiwitesh


at Art Centre Bldg. – 2nd floor

Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok

27 June – 9 August 2020

Opening Reception: 27 June 2020, 1:00-7:00 PM




Patipat Chaiwitesh is a designer and an artist who developed the definition of textile art through his experimentation with materials. Patipat based his ideas on his concern for the environment, his practices in the contemporary arts, and his creations on design philosophy. The Traveling treasures looks into objects and the way it changes under the circumstance of time.


Reply Message, 2020, Ashes sculpture, Variable dimensions


Paper has become the main material within the cultural life cycle of belief. The paper that used are Joss papers as well as Joss paper goods that are often used in ceremonies as well as used to depict the cycle of life — birth, how one lives and our demise. Most of these objects are often used and then broken down. Patipat is interested in the utilisation period of these objects and how they are brought into the next life. With his tongue and cheeke approach to superstitious objects and worldly posessions, Patipat sees this ancestral veneration as a realm of rigid and unshakable belief in East Asia. Burning has long been a common method used to communicate to the deceased family members. The act of burning not only transfers the physicality of these meanings through a physical form but transfers the belief in these meanings as well. Such long history of the burnt offering now opposes environmental concern upon the global warming crisis and pollution issues.


Joss Paper No.5, 2020, Mono print, 60 x 80 cm

Joss Paper No.7, 2020, Mono print, 60 x 80 cm










Patipat was also a residency artist at Bamboo Curtain Studio, located in Taiwan back in 2019. This has inspired Patipat to reach out to communicate within the realm of belief where fire was used to connect to their decreased. Patipat addresses this series as a healing method, memories, and spirit manifested in this art form.


Sky Money, 2020, Ceramics, W 17.4 x L 16.7 x H 11.5 cm


The Contempoary Arts Movement plays a role in raising important subjects and questions even though it may not completely solve the problem at hand. However, it cannot be argued that art is used a method of communication that addresses the notion of existence. The work itself challenges the viewer’s beliefs whilst respecting the difference in opinions.


100,000 Dollars, 2020, Embroidery, 14 x 28 cm

Lau-Qian-Su (The Tree Grows Money), 2020, Embroidery, 14 x 28 cm










Patipat focuses mostly on sustainability and nowness, he borrows many hand craft techniques to meet the need of communication and pollution concerns. On the path of aesthetic and functions, Patipat suggests a new way to continue the ancestral veneration without burning. This becomes very challenging for Patipat, as an artist and a designer, who works around this cultural hypothesis and always teethering between of sustainability and culture. This work poses the questions that may help future artists and designers who may find themselves at a crossroads between the durability of materials and the fragility of spirituality, between fire and ashes and the sustaibility of our enviornment.

— Chol Janepraphaphan, 2020



Subhashok The Arts Centre is delighted to invite you to the opening of “Traveling treasures” on June 27, 2020 at 1:00-7:00 PM, Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39 (Phrom Phong BTS station), Art Centre Bldg., 2nd floor Map



The opening night and installation view















About the artist

Patipat Chaiwitesh (b.1986, Chiang Mai) is a recent graduate from department of textile and tapestry, école supérieure des beaux-arts TALM — site d’Angers, France (2016) with a background in Visual Arts from Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2009). After graduated he has worked about design object and taken past in Exhibition “PLOYSAENG” Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC, 2010), “TOKYO DESIGN WEEK 2011”, Grand prize winner “Hoegaarden Different by Nature Design Contest” (Thailand, 2012), “Maison & Odjet” with PLATO FORM (Paris, 2012), selected entry “IF concept design award” (German, 2012) before move to France. France period, He was selected entry “Cover contest for 50th Mark magazine” (2014) and “Dare to Dream Design Awards” (DESIGNBOOM.COM, 2014), exhibited in “ART CAPITAL 2015” (Grand Palais, Paris), “Stockholm furniture faire 2016” (Stockholm, Sweden) and solo exhibition “Les Outils” (SOY SAUCE FACTORY, Bangkok 2016).

After back to Thailand. His work was selected for Early Years Project #1 exhibited in the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Bangkok, 2017). He has solo exhibition “stitch up” (YenakArt Villa art gallery, 2017) and “Assimilate” ART CENTRE, SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY, 2017)

In 2018, He was chosen to participate in Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 (Bangkok, 2018) and was have a Group exhibition “Taste Test” selected by TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Center) in Bangkok Design Week 2018. In the same year, he was invited to exhibition at KF Gallery, Korean Foundation (Seoul, 2018) and Asean Cultural House (Busan, 2018) after that his art work was returned to exhibit in “Out of Place” exhibition at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre (Bangkok, 2018) and He was recruited to Artist Residency Program at Bamboo curtain studio (New Taipei, 2018).