Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s work engages with the idea of translation in visual art, and often use Thai language as a visual form, abstracted from the original context. The materials component of the work serve as symbolic representations of cultures. The work explores Buddhist concept of “inter-being” where one’s being does not exist as a single form, but as a complex entity in relation to the experience of others. Phaptawan Suwannakudt currently explores the use of materials and social existences through experiences from Thailand and Australia.
Born 1959 Bangkok, Phaptawan Suwannakudt lives and works in Sydney. Phaptawan was trained as a mural painter in the workshop of father, the late master Paiboon Suwannakudt and led own workshop of mural painting team and completed 10 commissioned projects for public space throughout Thailand during 1982 -1995. She participated in exhibitions internationally on regular basis since 1990 including 18th Biennale of Sydney, MCA 2012. Her works are in public and private collections locally and overseas including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Bank Sydney and National Gallery Thailand. This year her work is part of exhibition Traces of Words; Art of Asia, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada May-October 2017.