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MINDSET Nutthawut Siridejchai & Kamonchanok Phon-ngam

Everyone has a mindset. It can be influenced by where an individual was raised, the community values taught, and can influence the decisions individuals make about their future. In this exhibit, two New York based Thai artists explore their own mindsets’ fluidity and malleability through innovations in media, composition, and craft.

Nutthawut Siridejchai

While Nutthawut Siridejchai lived in Thailand, his country of origin, he viewed the world with a different mindset than he does now. After living in the United States, he found that he needed to change his mindset around racism as he learned the country’s history and current political climate through listening to people’s stories and experiencing racism himself. Amidst the public health crisis that highlighted systemic gaps and inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, Siridejchai created portraits of the people who passed away in 2020. The typed text that makes up the background of each portrait spells out the victims’ stories and their last words.

This collection also includes Siridejchai’s self portraits which he uses to tell his experience of Anti-Asian violence. His portraits explore his silence, rooted in his own fear to talk publicly about these experiences. However, his naturalistic portraits with their dense layers of words and facial expressions work to tell the story of how he endured. Siridejchai makes his art with a commitment to speaking out against systemic racism.

Nutthawut Siridejchai - Typewriter Drawings on Paper - 17 x 17 inches (framed) - 2020 - 2021; "Rayshard Brooks, In His Own Words", "Breonna Taylor: What Happened on the Night of Her Death?", "George Floyd's Last Words", "Who is Ahmaud Arbery?", "What to Know about Daniel Prude's Death", "Saving Face", "In the Year of 2020", "I Cannot Close My Eyes in the Darkness"

Kamonchanok Phon-ngam

In Komonchanok Phon-ngam’s fabric, fiber, and mixed media works, she delves into the “Polymath Mindset,” a mindset possessed by those with vast knowledge or proficiencies in many skills. Phon-gnam utilizes this mindset in her creative process, which empowers her to master various media and create multimedia art and examine one's existence between Eastern and Western cultures. Her pieces are made from the culmination of traditional drawing techniques, which she stitches together with collage and indigenous materials.

Kamonchanok Phon-gnam - Mixed media on canvas - 2020-21; "Game on" 12 x 12 in.; "X-Ray" 11 x 14 in.; "Mirror" 12 x 12 in.; "Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn" 12 x 12 in.; "Walk" 16 x 12 in.; "Intensity" 11 x 14 in.; "If I am Not I, Who will I Be" 12 x 12 in.; "Friendships" 12 x 12 in.; "Rewire" 12 x 12 in.; "Live & Learn" 12 x 16 in.

Meet the Artists

Nutthawut Siridejchai

photo courtesy of Nutthawut Siridejchai

Nutthawut Siridejchai is a typewriter and graphic artist. He was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok. He exhibited at Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, New York and Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC. In 2019 his solo exhibit ,"RIGHT | TYPE," displayed at Kalwit Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand. Siridejchai uses the typewriter as his primary tool to form alphabets into words, and words into poetry and forms. He arranges literary and graphic elements with mixed-media to communicate memories, experiences everyday life, and stories of societal change.

Kamonch anokPhon-ngam

photo courtesy of Kamonchanok Phon-gnam

Kamonchanok Phon-ngam is a Thai artist living in New York City. She earned her BFA from Rajamangala University of Technology in Thanyaburi, Thailand in 2008, and in 2013 completed her MFA from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok,Thailand. Her all-embracing approach to creating art utilizes mixed-media processes with a strong focus on fabric.

Artist Talks

The AARC hosted New York-based artists Siridejchai and Phon-gnam in a special Asian Pacific American Heritage Month edition of our Artist Talks. The recorded version is available to view here.

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