Jim Thompson Art Center Temporary Insanity

Temporary Insanity


Pinaree Sanpitak



The Art Center at the Jim Thompson House



6 July – 31 October 2004


The Art Center at the Jim Thompson House presents 'temporary insanity' , an exhibition of recent works by Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak , which will open in Bangkok on July 29, 2004. Internationally acclaimed, Pinaree is known for her abstract shapes and forms of the female body which she portrays through various media including: drawing, ceramics, sculpture, painting and textiles. Her work explores feminine sensuality, desire and sensitivity. 

The exhibition, features three major genres of Pinaree's work. "breast stupas" (2000-2001) depicts subtle renderings of the female breast created by unthreading silk textiles. "vessels"(2003) is a series of molded forms made from cast brass with ld-leaf inlay. Her striking new endeavor "temporary insanity" (2003-2004) consists of a series of interactive, soft-sculpture forms.

Temporarily insanity adds an entirely new dimension to Pinaree's statement about the female form. She transforms the breast from merely being an object of desire to make a deeper emotional statement. Through these new works the artist shifts from purely sculptural renderings to an interactive form of art that calls on the viewer to participate. The artist uses silk to create soft, three-dimensional forms of the female breast. Each form conceals a sensor, which responds to sounds made by the viewer as he or she walks through the exhibition. Gradually the forms begin to move and undulate when activated by sound.

Pinaree Sanpitak, one of Thailand's most prominent female artists, was born in 1961. Her career as an artist began in the early 1990s, and her works have been included in major art exhibitions such as Glimpse into Future: Art in Southeast Asia 1997 , Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art 1999 , Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia and The 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2002 , Fukuoka, Japan. She has also participated in a number of solo exhibitions at locations including: the Art Center,Chulalongkorn University; The National Gallery Bangkok; About Studio/About Café, Bangkok; and Salina Art Center, Kansas, USA. She currently lives and works in Bangkok.

In conjunction with this exhibition, The James H. W. Thompson Foundation will assist with the publishing of a book titled, temporary insanity - Essays on Women Artists in Asia The work will focus on the subject of contemporary women artists, with a particular focus on Asian art. Distinguished art critics, writers and specialists on women's contemporary arts, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region will participate. The contributors include Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Ministry of Culture, Thailand; Prof. Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College, Oakland, USA Rhana Devenport, curator, Queensland Art Gallery; Iola Lenzi, Singapore based freelance curator/writer, and Dr. Arun Shaowanasai, a prominent Thai psychiatrist. 

Opened in December 2003, The Art Center at the Jim Thompson House is located in the same compound as the Jim Thompson Museum. The new gallery features rotating exhibitions on textiles and various related arts. The exhibition 'temporary insanity' , which will be open to the public daily, marks the inaugural contemporary art exhibition to be housed in the new gallery until October 31, 2004. The exhibition is curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, an independent, Chiangmai-based curator, and was made possible through the support of the Thai Silk Company.