Why did you title this solo exhibition Sacrifice?
When I create a collage, it all starts from cutting something off from one place to create something new. To me, it feels like you recall its past through its sacrifice, similar to how you make a sacrifice to worship past lives.
My last exhibition [Tribute, shown at Habito] was created specifically to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol and featured only print-out techniques. Sacrifice is a mixed-media show that involves numerous practices including 3D prints, embroidery, and gilding.
Do you think Thais underrate the art of collage?
A bit. Thais were taught that the value of an art piece depends on things like delicacy and skills, which, I think, is pretty old-fashioned. Perceiving art in the modern day is more about appreciating approaches and ideas. I used to receive comments that my works were easy
to make—just some cut-and-paste on the computer. I get insulted that my work is not as valued as those of other artists. But I think it’s not easy to inject ideas and something symbolic within elements in a picture.
How do you deal with copyright issues?
From what I’ve learned, there’s this thing called “public domain,” which applies to pictures
that have been drawn over 100 years ago, and according to universal law, belong to everyone. These can be reappropriated for any use. So I try to use old pictures from old printed materials and buy photos from photography websites. I also use photos of murals at Thai temples that I took myself, and from postcards.
Most of your work is about recalling, paying respect and faith.Are there any other topics that you’d like to work on in the future?
Most of my work is associated with those topics, but can be interpreted in many different ways. My works involve metaphors and symbolic elements of what I learned at school. For the future, I can’t think of any topic yet, but it should be something associated with art, culture and “Thainess.” I probably won’t jump over to far- reaching fields like science and technology, new world or robots. I’m still having fun doing research and learning about the good old things.
If you were not a collage artist, what media would you use to tell a story?
I would like to make movies. I want to tell stories through moving images. It would be fun! But I think my skills are not there yet.
Why should people come to see Sacrifice?
I would like people to ditch their way thinking with regards to “Thainess.” So please, come and see if I succeed.