Phaptawan Suwannakudt: Reincarnation of the Butterflies

Phaptawan Suwannakudt gave the name ‘Butterfly’ to a tree at her home in Thailand when she was eight years old.

Art Exhibition previously on at AirSpace Projects in Marrickville precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Friday 04 March 2016 to Sunday 20 March 2016
Launch Friday 04 March 2016, 6.00-8.00pm

Portrait with Days of (endless) Meaninglessness No.2 image Not For Sure image

Published by AirSpace Projects on Friday 12 February 2016.
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She recently found the same type of tree at the local school in Sydney where her daughter studies and next to the studio where she recently undertook a residency in Chiang Mai. This exhibition relates to personal stories while also addressing global issues of place and communications between cultures.


Artist Talks
From 2pm Sunday 6 March

Renown artists Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Marie McMahon will be joined by Jasmin Stephens to discuss their exhibitions and practices and answer your burning questions. Both artists have exhibited widely and have had their work collected by major institutions. This promises to be a stimulating conversation. All welcome.

Jasmin Stephens is a Sydney-based curator and writer whose experience extends across Australia and Asia. A regular panel assessor, exhibition judge and mentor, she has recently written for Art Monthly Australia, ArtAsiaPacific and Artlink. Following a residency with The Reading Room in Bangkok in 2013, Jasmin Stephens has been working with Thai artists on exhibitions in Australia and Southeast Asia. Stay on from 3.00-3.30 for tea and informal conversation.

The Artists Are Present
Sunday 20 March 11-5pm

From 11-5 the exhibiting artists will be present to informally discuss their work and answer your questions. It’s a great day to hang out at AirSpace Projects! Feel free to bring along a picnic and supplement it with pickings from Sarah Newall’s garden in Outer Space.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt has exhibited and participated in exhibitions in Australia and internationally for over thirty years. She has work in public collection including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Bank Sydney, Thai Embassy Paris and private collections in New York, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Retold-Untold Stories, Chiang Mai University Art Centre, 2014; Days of (endless) Meaninglessness. Selected Group exhibitions: 2014 Retold-Untold Stories, Chiang Mai University Arts Centre, 2013 ORIENTing: With or Without You, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA Western Australia; Thresholds: Contemporary Thai Art, Sundaram Tagore, New York, 2012; All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney; 2011-2012 Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Publications include: Geczy, Adam ‘Uncertainty is Certain: the Work of Phaptawan Suwannakudt’ in, Eyeline, 81 July,2014; Smith, Terry Placemaking/Dicplacement, A Sense of Place, publication that accompanied the exhibition A Sense of Place at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 2013.

Recent grants and awards; Asialink Arts Residency 2014 at Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai with support of Arts New South Wales (2014); NAVA artist grant 2010; Studio Residency at Artspace, 2011, Australia Council for the Arts, 2011.


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