Born in Bangkok in 1961, Pinaree Sanpitak is one of the most compelling and established Thai conceptual and contemporary artist of her generation. Her work centres around the female body and form as a vessel of experience and perception, considering how it is minimized. Her sensorial inquiries are pronounced through a tactile rootedness and fluidity between materials and practices, including collage, drawing and painting, and sculptures involving textiles, glass, ceramics, and metals, resulting in an astoundingly varied and innovative body of work.
Educated in Japan in the 1980s, over the past twenty years, her work has been featured in numerous museums and major biennales across Asia, Europe and the United States. 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 in 2014. In 2013, she presented Hanging by a Thread at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a solo exhibition featuring her large-scale installation of the same title, which was first shown at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2012 and subsequently acquired by LACMA. Another large-scale installation, Temporary Insanity, was exhibited in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia (2012) and subsequently at The Contemporary Austin in Austin Texas (2013). At the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) she showed a large-scale installation, Anything Can Break, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Subsequently on view at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio (2014-15) and the Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition in China (2016), 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. Stainless steel sculptures from her Breast Stupa Topiary series were featured in the group exhibition, Female Power, at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands (2013) and are currently on view in front of ILHAM art gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Images (top to bottom):
The Roof, 2017, Raw silk, glass fiber, non-woven fabric, wires, hooks, chains and aluminum modular truss, Photo : Ryan Muir Courtesy Arts Brookfield
The Mirror, 2009, Aluminum, mirrored glass, 75 x 195 x 18 cm, Photo : Peter Zorlakki
Breast Stupa Topiary, 2013, Stainless Steel, Size variable, Collection Sansab Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand, Collection Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Collection Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey, Private Collection, Switzerland
Anything Can Break, 2011, Handmade glass, paper, specially composed music, motion sensors, sound system, Size variable, Installation view, MCA, Sydney Biennale 2012, Photo : Pinaree Sanpitak
the black and the white, BREAST WORKS II, 1995, acrylic, pastel, charcoal on canvas, 200 x 150 cm