Connecting the past to our future through ceramics

Contemporary ceramic art is having a revival in the world of fine arts and it is doing so with such gusto that group ceramic exhibitions such as "The Messenger Through The Twilights" are a must-visit.

Housed at 333 Anywhere Gallery from today until Oct 31, the event includes Thai contemporary ceramic artists Pim Sudhikam, Wittawat Piyachaiwut, Aor Sutthiprapha and Mo Jirachaisakul.

By using clay as a medium to create the meaning of life, they take us on a journey through past and present civilisations. Each individual brings his/her interpretation to the theme with an open mindset to explore the origins of life and where it is taking us in the future.

The significance of twilight for them is the time it happens -- between daylight and darkness when the brightness of daylight gradually turns into darkness. A trancelike moment encourages us to ponder on what we have been through and anticipate what will happen next.

A special emphasis is put on the many attributes of clay, a soft, moist and earthy material that is made from eroded rocks and soil -- an original component of Mother Earth -- with multiple properties that have played an integral part in human civilisation.

Soils through the centuries have been a source of raw material for ancient ceramic production. Historic artefacts have showcased how ceramics have become a great medium connecting our past and present.

The audience will also get to view the artists' take on the end of the world, resulting from the collapse of civilisation, prophesied as the eventual destiny of mankind, largely of its own doing.

Their emphasis starts with the various manifestations of faith to overcome evil, after which awareness is raised to reflect the impact of human selfishness on nature. This is followed by ramifications Western capitalism has had on us, which has largely contributed to more crises than solutions, further underscoring the warning signs of an apocalyptic fate for mankind.

The group exhibition is a wake-up call to remind us what really matters most in life. While material goods are perishable, nature stands the test of time.

Virtual exhibition can be viewed at 333art.gallery/virtual-exhibition-the-messenger-through-the-twilights.

(Photos courtesy of 333 Anywhere Art Gallery)

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