Reconstructed no.1 2019
The sculpture is a piece of enlarged, reconstructed limestone. They appear solid and heavy yet fragile.
Technique: Quicklime, cement, sand
Stand size: 45 x 45 x 130 cm
Sculpture size: 17w x 28l x 36h
[video password: kimmy]
Particle presents a new body of work by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat who investigates the roots of urbanised development and capitalisation of natural resources. Though the artist does not look at the causes, but rather at the very raw, natural substance from which mass construction in the cities heavily relies on: limestone. Known for its very resourceful, material property, limestone is commonly extracted from mountains and processed to form construction materials such as steel, plastic, and most importantly the highly demanded, lucrative cement.
This exhibition presents a big leap in the artist’s practice which has often been drawing on documentary approach. Based on on-site research in Cambodia and Thailand, particle takes on a poetic, musical wander in documenting. In a video installation, which is the centerpiece of the exhibition, Piyarat allows us to traverse through a surreal world which humans create in the process of destroying.
Mou & Chin 2012
"Mou & Chin"
Technique: Photograph, giclee print
Stand size: 60 x 60 cm
Note: The text above was written by the Artist. No modification was made by COCA.
Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (b.1977, Phrae, Thailand) is a multidisciplinary artist working with various media including video, photography, text, mixed media and installation. Her work usually reflects her surrounding experiences, including questioning of contemporary issues such as gender, notion of margin, cultural change and globalisation. Her artistic research is informed by theories of social science, anthropology and philosophy.
She holds a BFA from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération, France. She has presented works locally and internationally including the 6th Asian Art Biennial: Negotiating the Future, Taiwan, the 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, South Korea and 2016 Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art in the Urban Age, Art Stage Singapore.
Her work is held in Museum collections including Singapore Art Museum and Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum, as well as private collections in Europe.
She is currently represented by Gallery VER, Bangkok.