Tatler Asia: Pinaree Sanpitak, Top 10 Asian Artists to see at the Venice Biennale

21 Jul 2022

Tatler Asia has selected Pinaree Sanpitak as one of the top 10 asian artists to spot at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Titled The Milk of Dreams, the exhibition drew inspiration from a book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, and focuses on three main concepts: The representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; and the connection between bodies and the Earth. In her new body of work, she utilizes her emblematic shape of breast as forms of mounds and vessels, and adhered delicate fragments of feathers, gold and silver leaves and silk unto the paintings. Breast vessels and mounds evoke concepts of feminism and femininity, a powerful imagery first inspired by her experience of breastfeeding her own child in the mid 1990s.

“Sanpitak weaves together personal experience and the shape of sacred domed structures found in many East and South Asian nations, such as Buddhist offering bowls or stupa shrines. Offering Vessels, in creation since the 2000s, addresses the body’s wide-ranging potential across the sacred and profane.”

The Milk of Dreams is on view until Sunday 27 November 2022 at the Giardini and the Arsenale.

Image: Pinaree Sanpitak, Breast Vessel in the Reds, 2021, acrylic, pencil, feathers on canvas, 250 x 250 cm