Ponnapa Prakkamaku

Website: pprakkamakul.wixsite.com/pnnp
Email: pprakkama@gmail.com
Instagram: @giftponnapa

Artist Statement

As a painter and a landscape architect, site investigation and immersion plays an important role in my work. I explore sites and environments using the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and form connections with my surroundings. My art reflects this immersive experience, engaging with the landscape through the performative acts of searching, studying, and collecting natural materials to paint with, as well as sketching in situ. In the studio I apply collected materials on paper as a painting medium that depicts the landscapes where they originate. These natural materials represent the real colors of the earth and texture of the leaves connecting the viewers back to the site.

In my current work, I used the same methodology to explore historical sites with metal structures and landscape with high iron content groundwater. Within this context, I introduced rust as my primary painting medium. Similar to organic materials, rust reacts to different levels of oxygen in the air, moisture, and pH creating unique marks that respond to the physical environment. This painting process not only creates a connection between self and site but also fosters a deeper connection to new places as an immigrant – cultivating a sense of place in a new land through art.

Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Bolt Print #2

Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Bolt Print #2, mixed media on paper with rust collected from plumbing equipment, 14 x 19 inches, 2018.



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