Kamolpan Chotvichai addresses issues of identity and gender in her photo-based self-portraits. At the same time, she challenges the formal limitations of canvas by meticulously hand-cutting her images, creating sinuous ribbons along various parts of her anatomy. Her goal is to dissolve her form, based on an understanding of the Buddhist teachings of the three characteristics of existence: anatta (the eternal substance that exists beyond the physical self); dukkha (sorrow and dissatisfaction) and anicca (impermanence). She obliterates her identity, eliminating her face and literally stripping away her physical form, in the process relinquishing attachment to her body.
The artist received a Master of Fine Arts degree at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, and has since been awarded numerous scholarships and art prizes, including a Gold Medal at the 58th National Exhibition of Art (2012), Bangkok.
Chotvichai was invited to participate in ON PAPER, a paper art workshop that was part of the ON PAPER—Paper & Nature exhibition at Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo. Recent solo exhibitions include Emptiness at the Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, 2013. Group exhibitions include Anthropos Bangkok, Numthong Gallery, 2013; Anthropos: Navigating Human Depth in Thai and Singapore Contemporary Art at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Singapore and New York, 2013; the 4th Young Artists Talent Art Exhibition 2013, Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles; and the 2012 International Women Arts Exhibition, Lights of Women, Gwangju Museum of Art Kum Namro Wing, Metro Gallery, Korea, 2012.
Born in Bangkok, 1986 | Lives and works in Bangkok
Anicca, 2014, c-print and hand-cut canvas, 39.8 x 42.9 inches/101.1 x 109 cm
Dukkha, 2014, c-print and hand-cut canvas, 45 x 39.8 inches/114.3 x 101.1 cm
Anatta, 2014, c-print and hand-cut canvas, 39.8 x 42.9 inches/101.1 x 109 cm