Born in Thailand, PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over twenty years. Her style developed from bearing witness to her late father’spractice, the renowned Thai traditional mural painter Paiboon Suwannakudt.
Suwannakudt continues her ongoing personal narrative exploring representation, culture and sense of place, or home-ness. Her skills as a storyteller and narrator of the social consciousness are evident in her work as she incorporates the delicate scribing of Thai texts, and the intricate depictions of figures, places and beasts. Since moving to Australia in 1996, her aesthetic deals with the politics of locality and dislocation. Her voice engages with stories of Buddha, mythology and Thai tradition, and traces her own spiritual and physical history of transformation, while still relating poignantly to contemporary experiences of her Australian context.
In the continuation of her active, artistic career, Suwannakudt has been invited to partake in the 2012 Sydney Biennale. During her practice thus far, she has worked extensively on numerous full-scale temple schemes and private commissions in Thailand. She was also instrumental in the establishment of Womanifesto, a biannual, international art exchange program.
Suwannakudt has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Bangkok and Melbourne. Recent shows include All our relations, 18th Biennal of Sydney, 2012; Locution-(re)-Locations, 100Tonson, Bangkok (2011); Edge of Elsewhere, Campelltown Arts Center, as part of Sydney Festival, 2011; Women Artists Exhibition 100th year of International Women's Day, The National Gallery of Thailand, 2011; Catching the moment: Each Step is the Past, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2010; Three Worlds, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, 2009.
Suwannakudt graduated from Silpakorn University, Thailand with a degree in English and German and completed her MVA at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
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