Srivilasa is a Thai ceramic artist, resident in Australia. Working
in earthenware, Srivilasa creates works reminiscent of West
Coast Funk. They are often socio-critical works with a central
theme. This puts Srivilasa in the context of conceptual ceramic
sculpture. The Coral Show is Srivilasa's newest series of
ceramic works. These were exhibited at Haecceity
Contemporary Ceramic Art Gallery in June 2001.
The complex, delicate beauty of coral reefs and coastal seascapes
have held an abiding influence in the work of the Thai-born ceramist
since he began living and working in Australia in 1995. In this
series, Srivilasa creates biomorphic vessels inspired by sea-living
forms, having collected and studied a vast array of coral specimens,
sea creatures and vegetation. Here too is a notable turn toward
the open vessel, namely the bowl or basket type form rather than
the (closed) vase or bottle.
coral branches or freely floating tendrils that reach upward in
shimmering display effect the strange wonder of sea-flora in bloom.
Yet in spite of their figurative allusion, Srivilasa avoids faux
naturalism. Rather, he invents a new formal language; a hybrid and
stylized aesthetic produced by the combination of natural and cultural
references into an imaginary sphere: a sphere of underwater magic
Drawing selectively upon historical, contemporary, Thai and European
motifs, Srivilasa intelligently reinterprets and constructs disparate
elements seamlessly. The Coral Show is thus as coherent as
it is vibrant and dramatic. The artist's sensitive use of colour
and texture, unified by his skilful and wide-ranging glazing techniques,
result in works that are delightfully sensuous, confident and unique.
Vipoo Srivilasa has exhibited widely in Australia, Thailand and
Singapore. He is represented in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
and numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.Visit
him online at http://www.vipoo.com.
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