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Santi Wangchuan

Santi Wangchuan (b. 1988 Thailand).

Santi Wangchuan’s hand-made woven works are inspired by his family’s traditions and is reflected by integrating religion, stories, equipment and tools that are native to his hometown. Born into a family of traditional weavers, he acquired the skill at a young age from his grandmother, and through his mixed media work, he resourcefully preserves an art technique that is soon to be lost as provincial communities are faced with rapid urbanisation.

After studying art history and the art traditions in Thailand, he sought an outlet to re-engage in his family’s dying craft, which once served as their main source of income. As machinery became more efficient and modern furnishings became the preferred choice, hand-woven baby cribs and beddings became obsolete. The family business was dissolved and his relatives progressed to find sustainable jobs. As such, Wangchuan’s fascination is derived from the intervention of urban development, and places emphasis on the changes in the way of life as known to him.

Wangchuan weaves together intimate memories and relationships, harmonizing items such as personal belongings and remnants of clothes that once belonged to his family members. Detailed and complex, his abstract work symbolizes his intimate affection and warmth towards his family, and serves as a long-lasting remembrance for loved ones he has lost. The various colourful weaving patterns and independent shapes that he creates highlight societal metamorphosis, folk wisdom and beliefs, as he continues the conservation of his culture.

Born in 1988, Santi Wangchuan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Thai Art (Second Class Honors) from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, and recently graduated with an MFA in Visual Arts, the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Most recently in 2015, Wangchuan was awarded the “3rd Honoured Bronze Award” at the 61st National Exhibition of Art, Bangkok, Thailand. He has participated in multiple art exhibitions, such as the 35th Bualuang Painting Exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok in 2013, and the Amata Foundation’s ‘Art Awards’. 

Biography

Santi Wangchuan (b. 1988 Thailand).

Santi Wangchuan’s hand-made woven works are inspired by his family’s traditions and is reflected by integrating religion, stories, equipment and tools that are native to his hometown. Born into a family of traditional weavers, he acquired the skill at a young age from his grandmother, and through his mixed media work, he resourcefully preserves an art technique that is soon to be lost as provincial communities are faced with rapid urbanisation.

After studying art history and the art traditions in Thailand, he sought an outlet to re-engage in his family’s dying craft, which once served as their main source of income. As machinery became more efficient and modern furnishings became the preferred choice, hand-woven baby cribs and beddings became obsolete. The family business was dissolved and his relatives progressed to find sustainable jobs. As such, Wangchuan’s fascination is derived from the intervention of urban development, and places emphasis on the changes in the way of life as known to him.

Wangchuan weaves together intimate memories and relationships, harmonizing items such as personal belongings and remnants of clothes that once belonged to his family members. Detailed and complex, his abstract work symbolizes his intimate affection and warmth towards his family, and serves as a long-lasting remembrance for loved ones he has lost. The various colourful weaving patterns and independent shapes that he creates highlight societal metamorphosis, folk wisdom and beliefs, as he continues the conservation of his culture.

Born in 1988, Santi Wangchuan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Thai Art (Second Class Honors) from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, and recently graduated with an MFA in Visual Arts, the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Most recently in 2015, Wangchuan was awarded the “3rd Honoured Bronze Award” at the 61st National Exhibition of Art, Bangkok, Thailand. He has participated in multiple art exhibitions, such as the 35th Bualuang Painting Exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok in 2013, and the Amata Foundation’s ‘Art Awards’. 

Exhibitions

  • Catalogue

    Born into a family of weavers, Santi Wangchuan acquired, from his grandmother, the knowledge to manipulate threads into beautiful pieces, As urbanisation and machinery become even more prominent in the current time and age, many have abandoned the traditional craft in exchange for something more profitable and sustainable. As a result, this traditional weaving has all but disappeared from Thai culture. After studying art history and art tradition, Wangchuan works to preserve this dying technique by incorporating it into his contemporary works, along with a variety of mixed media technique. Through his works, he weaves not only threads and yarns, but also memories, religion, and stories, by using objects and imageries native to his hometown. The act of preservation in his works is not just extended to saving a dying art and culture from disappearing from the world, but also to his own personal memories of his family and loved ones. His works vary in size, from a sweeping room installation that completely take over the space, to smaller, more intimate stories, intertwined intimately with objects that once belonged to his family. The colourful, dynamic, organic works reflects the lives and memories of the culture around him, held tightly within these threads. 

    http://www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/catalogue

    22nd April - 9th June 2019
  • Threads & Tensions - Stories from Southeast Asia

    Yeo Workshop presents Threads & Tensions - Stories from Southeast Asia, an exhibition showcasing the work of four contemporary artists who document changing life in the region. As the Southeast Asian region develops rapidly, Jim Allen Abel, Kanchana Gupta, Loke Hong Seng, and Santi Wangchuan present their works through mediums of photography, mix media, the weaving of fabric, and multi-sensory installations. A disparate mix of aesthetics and artistic expressions, the bodies of works by these artists are tied together by their purpose: they explore similar and overlapping themes that reflect a forgotten or endangered lifestyle in South-East Asia.

    http://www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/threads-tensions

    4 November 2017 - 7 January 2018
  • Santi Wangchuan: Weaving Works

    Santi Wangchuan’s hand-made woven works are inspired by his family’s traditions and is reflected by integrating religion, stories, equipment and tools that are native to his hometown. Born into a family of traditional weavers, he acquired the skill at a young age from his grandmother, and through his mixed media work, he resourcefully preserves an art technique that is soon to be lost as provincial communities are faced with rapid urbanisation. Wangchuan weaves together intimate memories and relationships, harmonizing items such as personal belongings and remnants of clothes that once belonged to his family members. Detailed and complex, his abstract work symbolizes his intimate affection and warmth towards his family, and serves as a long-lasting remembrance for loved ones he has lost. The various colourful weaving patterns and independent shapes that he creates highlight societal metamorphosis, folk wisdom and beliefs, as he continues the conservation of his culture.

    http://www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/santi-wangchuan-weaving-works

    3 June - 18 June 2016

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