Artists Detail

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT

Suwannakudt graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University with a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Despite not being officially trained in art, Suwannakudt grew up in a family of artists. Her father, Paiboon Suwannakudt, is a pioneering Thai artist who became both her predecessor and role model. She followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued mural painting before getting married and moving to Australia in 1996. It was there that her own artistic identity developed and evolved. Her works reflect her personal experiences and connection with her homeland and the culture she left behind. The works also integrate her perceptions towards a new place where she feels both conflicted and included through the use of imagery and symbols related to Buddhism acting as a part of her means of storytelling. The artist references the life of Buddha and the Three Worlds while conveying her own spiritual transformation within the context of Australia’s Contemporary art scene. Her past solo and group exhibitions include the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and Women Imaging Women: Home, Body, Memory held at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, in Manila in 1998.