Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, born in 1975, is a Thai contemporary artist based in Bangkok.
Linking art, science and nature, he is looking towards a regeneration of the sculpture concept. His poetic and conceptual pieces often made of ashes of different animals reflects on the protagonist relationship humans have with our natural world.
Ruangsak employs diverse mediums to express his ideas and challenge the perimeters of what constitutes an artwork. His conceptual projects explore social, cultural, and moral grounds of human societies. He takes up residencies in different countries to research about the cultural and natural ecology of each place, collecting specimens to contribute to his satirical “utopian human”.
His works have been shown in Ver Gallery, Bangkok, Verbeke Foudation, Belgium, “Revange”Meetkunst/Preseverance, Godshuis SintLaureins, Belgium, ”(Re)Write the City(Invisible Tree)” Pom Mahagal Bangkok , “Drifting in Lethe” Hemlock Gallery, Bangkok, “No Man’s Land” Baan Bangkok Gallery, Bangkok, “About Insecta” 388Cafe’, Siamsqure, Bangkok, “I’m here” Paint Installation & Performance, Tohkim Gallery, Bangkok.
THE RATCHAPRASONG ART MAZE
The belief that soil is a holy element is rooted in Thai tradition. Suvarnabhumi refers to the golden kingdom, hypothesized to have been located somewhere in Southeast Asia. Thai monarchs have the tradition of gathering soil from several holy regions of the country when they decide to officially found a capital. This ceremony still exists and the belief of holy soil is still very lively through Buddhist amulets and different popular sacred rituals.
Our civilization discovered quickly the importance of a fertile soil, and the greed of modern consumerism pushed us to use and abuse of chemicals to enhance the fertility of our lands, hence destroying it slowly for the future generations. Soil degradation is a silent process that does not easily command the attention of decision makers. It has always been a priority for King Bhumibol to conserve soil resources and his research and public speeches often concern the preservation of the nation’s earth.
For his installation “Paradox Legendary”, artist Ruangsak Anuwatwimon collected earth from several regions of Thailand. The group of highly erected and unstable sculptures evokes layers of a fragile natural equilibrium in which we all have a role to play for its preservation. The shapes of the sculptures resemble sacred stupas linking this contemporary vision with a poetic and spiritual dimension anchored in Buddhist tradition.