<< The angel and the crazed giants >>
Somsak Ruksuwan :
The exhibition of the collection "Nude" ( 2003-2004) at that time (from 5-29 February 2004) used the saying that "do not see the sharp discuss (or giant) as the lotus" is a symbolic description of evil things such as lust, greed, infatuation. Things which for those who have been in touch with it tends them to be lured in it's grip and can not reach out from the surrounding sins to the world of goodness.
In every collection, I have tried to seek an inspiration from things that are close at hand. And the most challenging item is on criticizing lust, and sex which men never seem to get enough of. The pictures of women are not to disregard female rights or to show masculine power over their gender.
It is the contrary, the pictures exhibit the ladies as a symbol which is direct and needs no further interpretation, and to stand on the side of the females.
Vaientine's day or the day of love has now become the day of deflowering young ladies, all sleazy hotels are full and has to be booked in advance. I would like to advise the
teenagers that valentines day or even Loy Kratong day is not the D-day for their first sexual experience, and hope that they will not throw their future away f
or some thing which can not be remedied or undo.
This latest collection has brought forth the problem of our society at night , with it's glittering lights from the pubs, bars and other entertainment complexes with dim lights, cigarette smoke. A time with lady singers servicing their guests, alluring, and seductive. Their bodies wrapped with clothes that show their flesh in most parts, painted faces bright color lips like some "angel" within the embraces of the patrons of the establishments.
The value of art is not just derived from it's elaborate beauty of shapes and colors, but it should also reflect therealities of life and society. Therefore art must communicate the essence of the message to the viewers perhaps by using symbols like
Ladies : With their beautiful alluring, seductive looks but at the same time terrifying and dangerous
Flamingo plant : Signifying men or the male gender
Orchids : as a symbol of the ladies or female
Giants : In the story the giant is the villain or the "bad guy", cruel and terrible. And as it is a well know fact that giants are always men with an evil intention, taking advantage of the females.
In our current Thai society, both the government and the private sector has tried to campaign for warm and loving families, and for young ladies to "keep themselves innocent" before the suitable age. But there was a recent survey regarding Valentines day and Loy Krathong, and the result was that Loy Krathong is the day when first sexual encounters happen most, followed closely by Valentine's day. A day for sex and lust such as the likes of giants, kissing, groping, fondling without shame or conscience of what is right or wrong, ignorant of any ethics.
Any how, the afore mentioned is to advise how to understand this collection, as it is to show the ideas and emotions. To truly understand the paintings value, reasoning and consideration
must also be used so that the viewer will appreciate them and realize the other dark corner of our society. With the players of the angels and the crazed giants which can be found every
where in our society... I do hope that you agree...

December 9, 2004
Translated by Sarnit Karanyawnij