‘RITUALS: INK, OIL, COTTON, AND THREAD’ IS AN EXHIBITION THAT EXPLORES THE ORIGIN OF THE REPRODUCTION OF RITUALS THROUGH THE WORKS OF THREE ARTISTS, PARINOT KUNAKORNWONG (THAILAND), MOE SATT (MYANMAR) AND IABADIOU PIKO (INDONESIA)
Iabadiou Piko views his abstract pieces as a result of the internally derived process of reproduction (thinking process), which is expressed through painting (another form of reproduction) with acrylic and oil colors, coal, pencil and canvas as the mediums. Kunakornwong’s artistic expression explores the more spiritual experience through the abstract/portrait paintings of the departed whose presence still lingers in his memories. Unintentionally, the umbrella installation on the floor of the gallery bears some interesting connection with Kunakornwong’s paintings and Thai people’s beliefs about a person’s encounter with a ghost if he or she were to stand under an opened umbrella in a shaded area. Although we are not exactly certain whether the artist intended for the umbrella to be picked up from the ground (in case some brave viewers want a chance to meet with the people in Kunakornwong’s paintings), and if anyone has ever really picked up any of the umbrellas.