Methagod is a young Thai artist who lives in Chiang Mai, native of Ubonratchathani. After he studied law school, he decided to dedicate himself to his first passion, art. Even though the two professions seem opposed, both of them try to highlight taboos’ issues of the society. Law works give justice and restore truth stories whereas artists denounce and claim, through their art, what they need to reveal.
Methagod uses his art in order to talk about gender and its place in the Thai society. Through his art, he assumes his bisexuality. Unlike a lot of artist in Thailand, he is not afraid to express himself about his own sexuality, despite the society judgment that he has to handle. Nonetheless, he wants to give the example to the other artists, by claiming the truth instead of hiding himself. His law soul has, perhaps, not completely disappears after all…
Methagod is also an artist who likes to understand people, by provoking them and turns the social codes of the society upsides down. This artwork is a great example of it.
Indeed, he puts together a sanitary napkin, considered as dirty, and a catholic symbol “Santa Maria” considered as pure. This unusual mixing made the audience reconsidered some preconceived ideas. Indeed, why a sanitary napkin, used as an art support, would not be worthy to carry on, a religious sign? Yet, this object is a representation of the femininity, and one of the greatest inventions for all women in the world. However, he received a lot of critic of catholic Thai people, which considered this artwork disrespectful.
The immaculate (Etching 2016)
Methagod is interested in sociological study: first, provoking, then, analyse society’s reaction.
When he was a child, Methagod created a character, which followed him all his life. Now this same character comes back frequently in his sculpture, drawing or painting. In fact, the artist can see himself in it, like his own reflection on a mirror. We can perceive on the character the same face’s expression that Methagod. Through it, he can express his feelings, personality and identity.
M.Monster (Sculpture 2016)
When he started his artist career, he gives each time to his character a sex gender. Indeed, he was afraid that the society won’t accept a non define gender character. Sometime man, other time women, it was a way to show that one character could be both. Nowadays, the artist doesn’t put any sex gender because it is not something significant for him. He wants to claim that what define us is not our sex gender but who we feel to be. What represents this character is not what gender it belongs to, but in which context he has evolved. That’s why, he is always dressed up, and surrounding by different style environments.
Art for Methagod was a true soul liberation, a release in his life because he found the way to express himself without any fear.
Then, his artwork is not limited by the gender subject. Indeed, the artist wants to defend other conviction as the protection of the environment. In 2014, he created an art project, where he drew on a bamboo shell a representation of the Loi Kratong festival lanterns. During this important Thai celebration, lanterns are release in the sky. However, in Chiang Mai few years ago, it was possible to release the lanterns every night. It was a source of pollution for the town, inflaming nature or even habitations and disturbing the airplane.
Arts help him to protest, it helps him to assume his own conviction and personality.
For Methagod, we don’t create art for the other but, first, for ourselves. Indeed, it is a way to understand who we are and who we want to be. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, “art will always be a confession”.
When Sutthirat Supaparinya was a little girl, she wanted to be a scientist. But, around 14 years old, when a teacher at school asked to their students what they wanted to become in the future, one of her classmate said she would like to be a scientist. It made her change her direction to an artistic career instead.
“I just want my art to create a movement in the society,” said Sarisa Dhammalangka, a trans artist from Chiang Mai. Movement of ideas, bodies and mentalities, her art is dedicated to open people mind.
« I consider myself an art educator and an art maker rather than an artist »
This sentence have been said by Surachai Ekphalakorn, a contemporary artist and a Professor in the department of Visual Arts, in the faculty of fine and applied Arts, at the Chualolgkorn University in Bangkok.
This passionate teacher dedicates his work to his students through art practise researches: Indeed, he has developed teaching theory in order to improve the quality of art classes in University. Because preparing his students to the art world is crucial for the future art scene of Thailand, more than just teaching and transmit knowledge, he would like to give them some human values.
Portrait [Archives of Dialogue: Seeing and Being] is an exhibition which introduces the on going project of jiandyin's Dialogue : Seeing and Being, exposed in Gallery Seescape from 1st September 2017 until 15th October 2017. The artists showed all kinds of archives: painting, videos, sculpture and photograph. Indeed, through this diversify art supports; the artists wanted to express the complexity and the diversity of human being.