KRITTIKARN

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BIOGRAPHY

 

I was born in Thailand and spent the early years of my life in Samut Prakan on the Bay of

Siam. I was awarded a scholarship to study product design in Bangkok where I was elected
university beauty queen – but came into conflict with the conservative educational
authorities, suspected of witchcraft when I exposed local prejudice and superstitions
surrounding the prevailing Thai spirit culture.

My art research and practice aims to identify and explore the differences between people. I
first got interested in this subject as a child in Thailand, watching the passengers on my
parents’ songthaew (minibus taxi) who sat facing each other, smiling, talking and laughing. I
wondered who they were and where they were going. But in London, people on the tube do
not talk or smile very much. My artwork investigates why people appear to be so different,
exploring the impact of race, gender and culture on how people think, look and behave. A
key influence on this body of work are the teachings of the Buddhist religion. My artwork
investigates how all people, irrespective of their individual spiritual beliefs, practice karma in
the search for their personal nirvana and emphasises the importance of promoting
tolerance in a modern-day life.

I have set out to examine the proposal that there is no tension between entertainment and
art, nor between the art object and the art experience; all can be authentic tools playing a
crucial role in exploring new concepts. My resulting art practice sets out to provide an
immersive art experience that stimulates and enriches all the senses. I use mixed media
including drawing, painting, sculpture and casting combined with performance art within an
over-arching installation, so creating “total art”. The resulting art form demands more of the
audience than just looking – it requires genuine engagement so that the art can be lived
rather than simply observed and understanding and learning can be achieved.

I use on-line video as a medium for sharing my artwork widely in an easily accessible format.
This is art for all – not to be hidden away behind turnstiles, gathering dust in a gallery or
museum. I draw inspiration from Oriental culture and Western relational art practice to help
people to consider things in a new way, accepting that people aren’t wrong, abnormal or
strange – just different. The artwork attempts to help people to recognise, explore,
celebrate and treasure diversity – to truly “mind the gap”.