Cat paintings by Prang Vejjajiva
- Published: 12/07/2013 at 04:13 PM
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Fantasy and personal representations, not politics...and lots of cats.
Cradling the cats
Fantasy and personalrepresentations, not politics aboundin Prang Vejjajiva's debutexhibition
Take one look at Prang Vejjajiva's work on displaynow at Koi Art Gallery and it will tell you pretty much everything there is to know about the girl. There are no frills or BSideals hiddenbehind any paintings in her exhibition"I Wonder, A Wonderland".
Prang, who has a degreein fine artsfrom Chulalongkorn University, is the eldestdaughter of ex-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. But it'd be tactlessto think she might be cunningly hiding clandestinepolitical messages amidstthe colourful cupcakes and curiouscats, or that there's reasonwhy cooltones (ahem, blue) are dominantand there are hardly any reds in her paintings. Don't get ahead of yourselves, because Prang firmly interrupts all of our attempts to find any signs of two-dimensionalpoliticking
"I'm not trying to get acrossany political or socialissues. The paintings are all fantasyand hardly related to reality" she said.
Prang's love for and use of sweet, pastelcolours might test your blood-sugarlevel, but for girly-girls like the artist herself, there is probably no combinationmore captivating than cats and candy.
According to Prang, the titleof the exhibitionfits her conceptof creating a dreamlike wonderland a secludedworld where she can catch her breathand relax
"I definitelydon't want my audienceto be stressed looking at it - I want them to feel good and to relaxas they look at my paintings," said Prang.
With cats being the main subject, it's clearthat the artist has a bitof a felineobsession but she also sees herself in them.
"I have many characteristics quite similarto them: I love being independentand free and I love being in solitudein my own world. It's all a reflectionof how I am," she explained.
It makes you wonderwhether being the daughter of such an influential figureplays any part in making her so absorbed inher world, but Prang boldly answered: "I don't really worry about others and just do whatever I want to do when I go out" Her five paintings on the first floor of the gallery which are large-scale oils (150cm x 180cm), are actuallypart of her thesisprojectfor her degree
"This wholesetis about my personalworld and spending time with myself, alone mostly. I'm sure everyone goes through hassle all day in the outside world: work, study, having to talk to so many people. It's so busy and franticthat I just want to relaxand get away from all that. It's nice to spend some time with yourself and the way I unwindis to sleep or eat." She adds with a grin: "Food is like a friend."
Of course, all the sweet treats in the paintings are a reflectionof Prang's love for just about anything that has sucroseand she admits that macaroons are her favourite These depictions of dessertare likely to make your stomach rumble; as saccharine-dripping as these paintings are, it's not too overwhelminglypink, with lots of darker huesto create some balance
The paintings on the second floor are smaller (80cm x 100cm) and are less sugary as they are more sea-centred and inspired by trips to the beach. The main servingis fantasybut there's a pinchof surrealism; if you look closely, you will find many cat faces cleverly hiddenwithin other elements in the painting be they clouds, icebergs or jam rolls.
"It gives each picture more life and prevents it from being too simple," Prang said. "I want to expressthat being alone is not a sad thing, it can also be a happy time." The simplicityof the themeand style, yet on a grandscale makes the seriesenjoyable. In fact, potentialbuyers can also turn these oil paintings into objects of entertainment: ask your visitors how many cats they see in each painting Move onto macaroons or pairs of eyes after that.
As of now, the young artist is working on applying for a master's degreein fine artsin universities abroad. And much to her delight (if not to her parents'), she is going to have a pet cat of her own soon. But she also loves dogs (her household has two) and Prang is no stereotypical cat lady despite the fact that we'll probably see more of them in her future works. "I'm not really into sending underlying socialmessages. It'll be more about emotions and feelings as that's what I'm better at. The topics I explore [in the future] would change, but it should still have cats as it is a representationof myself."
"I Wonder, A Wonderland" is on view at Koi Art
Gallery, Sukhumvit Soi 31, until July 31.
The galleryopens daily from 11am-7pm.
For more information, call 02-662-3218.
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- Writer: Jon Fernquest
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