Writer: Pattrica Lipatapanlop
Many are afraid to aim high due to fears of disappointment. But Arin Rungjang always shoots for the stars far into the universe, and finds ways to manifest those goals later. Arin’s works often revolve around historical narratives and his relationship between himself and his surroundings. When asked about how people are chasing trends in today’s world while he himself chases the past in the opposite direction, Arin comments, “We should take history into review to prevent historical knowledge from being frozen in time.”
It might be for this reason that every piece of Arin’s artwork is complex in its concept, and each piece requires craftsmen with specific expertise. One example includes the “Golden Teardrop,” a sculpture that resembles the Thai eggdrop sweet, which was a finalist for the Asia Pacific Breweries Award organized by the Singapore Art Museum. The sculpture, consisting of 6,000 meters of brass, was placed in a display room in such a way that the teardrops seemed to be raining down from the ceiling. Another example is “Crown,” which is a work replicating the replica of the Phra Maha Pichai Mongkut crown. Arin and his team received permission to enter and collect data from the Palace of Fontainebleau, where a replica of the Phra Maha Pichai Mongkut crown was kept. The details were then communicated back to the fourth generation of Thai craftsmen skilled in the lacquering and gold gilding tradition for construction. This art piece was included as part of the Satellite Program 8 exhibition in France. Arin also represented Thai artists in the latest Documenta art festival in Kassel, Germany and in Athens, Greece.
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Photos: DITP, Chidsupang Chaiwiroj
English Translation: Tanya Sritanyalucksana