A visual interpretation on Buddhist precepts
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A visual interpretation on Buddhist precepts

Sculpture exhibition by Xin Chaikul and Worasit Kileksi in Chiang Mai


“Vanishing Point” gathers the recent works of young Thai artists Xin Chaikul and Worasit Kileksi and will be on show at the Alliance Française, Chiang Mai, until Sept 30.

Both artists take a fresh visual interpretation on Buddhist precepts, using raw, natural or recycled materials. The extreme simplicity of the shapes and materials brings the viewer to meditate on the essential and reminds us the humble place humans occupy in the living world. 

Xin is from Phayao but is based in Chiang Mai and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts Chiang Mai University. Ephemerality and transience are central to Xin’s making process, be it ancient teak wood carved for months or a simple vegetable scripted with Buddhist sayings, the relation to time is crucial. Her installations and sculptures invite the viewer to contemplate the transitory nature of life and embrace the preciousness of each moment.

For this exhibition, Xin will showcase a new set of scripted vegetables, as well as her diploma piece “Beginner’s Mind” consisting of 16 teak wood carvings.

From Roi Et, Worasit Kileksi is based from Bundit Patanasilp Institute of Fine Arts and earned his bachelor degree in ceramics. Worasit’s work is simple and raw. Either using recycled material or natural terra cotta technique, the minimalism of his shapes evokes primitive Buddhist folk art. The ancestral terra cotta technique allows him to integrate the making process as part of his artwork. The transitory states of the raw clay, its malleability as it is humid, then dries and is finally burned, encapsulates the four elements and the basic Buddhist principle of impermanence.

For this exhibition Worasit showcases a new set of terra cotta sculptures, as well as his “Buddha” figures made from recycled material.

“Vanishing Point” is curated by Myrtille Tibayrenc in collaboration with Toot Yung Art Studio. Email infochiangmai@alliance-francaise.or.th or visit fb.com/TootYungArtCenter/?locale=cs_CZ.

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