“Printmaking is like cooking – you never know what’s going to come out.” – Pinaree Sanpitak
Born in 1961, Bangkok, Pinaree Sanpitak is one of the most established Thai conceptual artists of her generation. Her artistic practice revolves around the human body and form as a vessel of experience and perception. A recurring motif in her work, the female breast is distilled into its basic form of vessel and mound, resembling the Buddhist stupa (shrine) and offering bowl on occasion. Her sensorial inquiries also reveal a keen sensitivity towards a range of materials such as textiles, glass, ceramic and metal, informing her various approaches in collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. This results in an astoundingly varied and innovative body of work.
Over the past thirty years, Sanpitak’s work has been featured in numerous museums and major biennales across Asia, Europe and the United States. She will be presenting her work at the upcoming Setouchi Triennale in Honjima, Japan (2019). Her recent community collaborative projects include Breast Stupa Topiary and Breast Stupa Cookery at the Jim Thompson Farm in Thailand (2018). A large-scale hanging fabric installation The Roof, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, was on view at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden in Battery Park City in New York, USA (2017). An overview of her work from 1995-2013 was showcased in a solo exhibition, Collection +: Pinaree Sanpitak, at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, Australia (2014). The artist presented Hanging by a Thread at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013), a solo exhibition featuring her large-scale installation of the same title, which was subsequently acquired by said institution. Another large-scale installation, Temporary Insanity, was exhibited at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, USA (2012) and subsequently at The Contemporary Austin in Austin, Texas, USA (2013). At the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) she showcased a large-scale installation, Anything Can Break, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The installation comprises thousands of origami “flying cubes” and breast-shaped glass clouds suspended from the ceiling, with musical motifs triggered by motion sensors in response to the audience’s movements.