With her work based largely in painting and illustration, young Japanese-Thai artist Yuree Kensaku's multidisciplinary art practice represents the dynamic nature of the contemporary art scene in Bangkok, Thailand, with its flexibility and openness to experimenting with different visual and aesthetic language and mediums.
Kensaku's work bear a distinct visual sense - although done primarily on two-dimensional base surfaces, her works incorporate a range of traditional and unconventional medium - acrylic, oil, spray paint, wire, enamel, resin, pencil, stickers, epoxy putty, terracotta - and often result in unexpected dimensionality. Bred into the internet generation where daily life is characterized by a phenomenal proliferation of images, the visual imageries and ideas she employs are inseparable from all aspects of Thai pop culture and the colossal throve of image that is the worldwide web. Her aesthetic language relies upon narratives, the imageries used are largely symbolic, and are given to introspective and romantic flights of fancy.
The present lot, Love pipe and paradise beach, has come from her fourth solo exhibition, Love in Platinum Frame, where the artist examines the existential question of love. What follows below is a short narrative from the artist, disclosing the impetus for the works in the exhibition.
The other day, I can't remember exactly when...
My mother asked "Do you know Jay is getting married?" (Jay is my older brother, my bloodline)
After hearing that question, various thoughts flooded through my mind.
In my childhood years, I had the image of marriage to be sweet, simple, bright and beautiful picture.
As I have grown up, the perception of love and lover has changed. I have been convinced that it is complex and not at all, easy.
During that day, at a point of time...
I re-examined my thoughts on love. The nimbus of question and curious minds form into a dense nucleus, filled with questions about true love. Does it exist? How long do we stay in love? Can we preserve love for evermore existence? Is everyone entitled to come across love? Will love occur between man and woman or between the same gender? And so on...
Millions of questions formed up and dissolved. It seems to be ready to form themselves again as long as I am alive and use love to moisten my blood circulation, to feed in my breath which connects my interior and exterior worlds.
(Yuree Kensaku, Love in Platinum Frame, solo exhibition catalogue, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand, 2007)