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Vipoo Srivilasa

Agents of Change
Date/Time: 3:30PM-4:25PM Friday 22 July 2022
Venue: Araluen Theatre

Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Vipoo Srivilasa has created intricate and elaborate artworks that reflect his bicultural experience living between Australia and Thailand. Working mostly in ceramic, he celebrates the intersections and overlaps between our cultural, social, philosophical, and environmental ideologies with a mix of humour and reverence, iconography and ornamentalism. Recently Srivilasa’s focus has been more introspective; though still reflecting global themes, his new works reference personal contemplations on life in a pandemic. After initially revelling in the unexpected freedom of lost professional opportunities, and the chance to expand his practice with playful experimentations in media, colour and finishes, Srivilasa found himself missing family and friends as Melbourne struggled through protracted lockdowns. Confined to home, he began paying more considered attention to everyday things he would otherwise neglect or disregard. He sought comfort in the company of his cats and time in his garden, and when homesickness overwhelmed him he cooked traditional Thai meals with herbs he’d grown. The forced slowing down of his home environment made him more mindful of gradual progressions of beauty over instant moments of gratification, and the joy to be found in loving something and seeing it thrive. In 2021 Srivilasa was named Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, publications of the The American Ceramic Society, USA.

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