The Arts

Art Reflects History

Silpathorn artist Arin Rungjang is known for deftly revisiting historical material in his work, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places and languages. His “Golden Teardrop'' installation for the Venice Biennale in 2013 featured hundreds of golden “teardrops” suspended in a symmetrical, three-dimensional form. Inspired by the shape of the dessert thong yod, they hark back to the 16th century when the Portuguese arrived in Ayutthaya, bringing with them this now famed Thai sweet.

He also famously created, for his Mongkut exhibition, a replica of the Mongkut golden crown, a gift from King Mongkut to Emperor Napoleon III, which was housed at Chateau de Fontainebleau until it was stolen in 2015.


The future is unknown, what do you look most forward to? 

At the moment I am preparing my new art project. The situation is uncertain due to the pandemic. Uncertainty is exceptional so my way of working is becoming more flexible. 


We can’t stop time, and it’s changing everything we know as it goes by. What, and how, do you think will change your practice? 

My art practice relates to the world reality which is dealing with time and space. The reality is changing, so does my work. 


We all see art in a variety of ways, or form, giving it a different definition. What’s yours?

I think most of the artists have given their own experiences they perceived, from living their lives, into their art. Individuality is formed from exteriorization so transforms into their art in different perceptions. My artwork reflects where I live and how I became who I am.


How do you merge your work with modern life? 

Art  is a way of seeing the world, a way of expression. 


Our lives are filled with technology, and most things are being modernized. Do you think there is room for tradition and culture? 

Everything will have to adapt to technology.


2020 was a tough year for so many of us, what do you hope for the future? 

We always hope every coming year will be a better year.


Finally, being a creator, if you have to send a message to the future, what do you want to say? 

I can’t wait to see how the world has changed in the future.


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