This work is part of a series created for Singapore Biennale 2019. This feast of contemporary art spread over 11 locations features works by artists & art collectives from all over the world. This week found me at Gilman Barracks where I encountered this instalment of Far From Home.
Paphonsak’s series is inspired by Kraibaan a journal written by King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1907. The journal contained photographs of European landscapes which stirred Paphonsak to paint 121 picturesque landscape paintings based on photographs of countries where a number of Thai and other Southeast Asian individuals reside due to political reasons. These landscape painting are exhibited at the National Gallery of Singapore which we viewed a month or so ago. When I first walked by these landscapes, I thought they a photographic series. Only upon stopping & looking carefully, did I realise they were, in fact, acrylic paintings.
The above featured work at Gilman Barracks is an outdoor painting of an anonymous person, created by superimposing the portraits of the 121 individuals. This work also contains vine flowers made from leftover paint.