STPI Gallery will be presenting a suite of works by acclaimed female artists Pinaree Sanpitak and Melati Suryodarmo at S.E.A. Focus 2020. These works have been recently developed and conceived at STPI between 2018 and 2019, showcasing an evocative range of treatments and possibilities in the medium of print and paper. The artists delve into symbols of nature and humanity through their work, bringing relationships between site, body and memory to the fore. The resulting works are a testament to the richly textured and transcultural identities and experiences that mark the diversity in both Southeast Asian art and female representation today.
Revisiting symbols and icons that reflect motherhood and the self, Pinaree Sanpitak’s delicate print and paper works are a celebration of the female body 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 residency with STPI culminated in a remarkable solo presentation, Fragmented Bodies, The Personal and The Public, which is on view from 25 September – 3 November 2019.
A bold leap from her distinctively performance-based oeuvre, Melati Suryodarmo’s new explorations in print and paper have resulted in a range of two- and three-dimensional works that retain traces of her performative marks. In particular, the artist examines the volatile relationship between matter and memory, and personal expressions of displacement. She takes an investigative approach towards abandoned spaces and the histories they carry, creating haunting yet beguiling impressions and forms. Suryodarmo’s STPI exhibition opened on 24 November and is running in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2020 as a key collateral event of the Singapore Biennale.
An evocative showcase of two exceptional female artists in the region, STPI’s booth is a celebration of the possibilities in printmaking collaborations, and how print and paper experimentations can poignantly respond to moments of resilience, reflection and transformation in the contemporary age.
S.E.A. Focus is a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a curated selection of some of the finest artists and galleries from across the region to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists in Southeast Asia. A meeting point for artistic vision and vigour, S.E.A. Focus provides a platform to propel diverse cultural exchanges which celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art.