Exhibition puts farm in the frame

"Art on Farm: A Diary from the Isan Plateau" is a new attraction at the Jim Thompson Art Centre on Soi Kasemsan 2, Pathumwan.

Farm Traces

Visitors will get a glimpse of artworks made from recycled farm materials by a group of artists who were inspired by nature, eco-agriculture and Isan lifestyle while spending time at the Jim Thompson Farm. A collective work from the Art on Farm projects from 2009-2011, the exhibition which runs until June 24, aims to show the connection between art, life and nature.

The artworks come in four categories: lifestyle, history, customs and folk wisdom. Visitors to the exhibition will be dazzled by Colours of Isan, an installation by Imhathai Suwatthanasilp.

Isan Image, 2011

In her work, inspired by the beautiful floral scenery of the Jim Thompson Farm, she presents her impressions through plaiting and tying colourful silk yarns and cloth remnants from the Jim Thompson factory. She uses simple shapes and forms, a clean interpretation that is most suitable to describe the Isan countryside. Therefore her work presents the folk wisdom of using recycled materials, remnants of silk.

Another is Welcome to Your Voice, a recording of various dialects of northeastern people who come to work in Pak Thong Chai district. The artist, Sutthirat Supaparinya, wants to show how Pak Thong Chai is connected to other Isan areas through migrant workers.

Next is Farm Traces by Apiradee Kasemsuk and Nattinee Karnchanaporn, who conducted a workshop for students from the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University and King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thon Buri. The piece is a "chandelier" made from weavers' make-up mirrors seen on every loom. The idea of the "unnoticed" materials is to reflect on the people, young weavers and materials found in the silk industry.

Open the Curtains, an installation by Songwit Pimpakun, presents the history of the local people through writing, folk music, shadow plays as well as mural paintings by referring to a famous folk tale Sangsilpchai, or Sinsai in the Isan dialect. The tale has an important place in the local heritage of people on both sides of the Mekong River. The significant narrative is entertaining yet layered with moral principles.

_Niphawan Sonthisuphan

Colours of Isan

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