Ponnapa Prakkamakul

  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Sky, pastel on paper, 23 x 92 inches, 2019.

    Sky
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    My 77 Mornings From Home, pastel on paper, 38 x 50 inches, 2020.

    My 77 Mornings From Home
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    The Sun Rises Again and Again, pastel on paper, 60 x 82 inches, 2019.

    The Sun Rises Again and Again
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Planet, mixed media on paper with soil and mineral from San Pedro de Atacama River in Chile, 38 x 38 inches, 2019.

    Planet
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Because It's There, mixed media on paper mounted on wood (kinetic), 36 x 36 x 2 inches, 2020.

    Because It's There
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    In Between, mixed media on paper with rust collected from found old train track, 18 x 49 inches, 2020.

    In Between
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Nightscape, mixed media on paper with soil and broken glasses collected from site, 36 x 48 inches, 2010.

    Nightscape
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Desert, mixed media on paper with rust collected from high iron content groundwater and shack tools, 19 x 50 inches, 2010.

    Desert
  • Ponnapa Prakkamakul

    Universe Within (detail), pastel on paper, pastel on ceramic bisque, 38 x 38 x 4 inches, 2019.

    Universe Within (detail)

Artist Statement

As a painter and a landscape architect, site investigation and immersion plays an important role in Ponnapa's work. She explores sites and environments using the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and form connections with her surroundings in order to gain a better understanding of cultural displacement and isolation issues as an immigrant. Ponnapa art reflects her 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, the collected materials such as soil, plant, groundwater, and rust from found objects are applied on paper as the painting medium depicting the landscape scenes where they were assembled from. These natural materials represent the real colors of the earth and texture of the leaves connecting the viewers back to the site. This painting process not only creates a connection between Ponnapa and the site but also fosters a deeper connection to new places – through art she cultivates her sense of place in a new land.

Artist Bio

Ponnapa Prakkamakul is a Thai contemporary visual artist and a landscape architect who uses the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and connect with her surrounding environment. Through her work, she aims to gain a better understanding of cultural displacement and isolation issues as an immigrant. Ponnapa holds a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where she received Lowthorpe Fellowship Award upon graduation. She is also a recipient of David Bethuel Jamieson Artist of Color Residency & Fellowship at C-Scape Dune Shack in Provincetown, Residence Lab's artist-in-residence program at ACDC and the Pao Arts Center in Boston, and Manoog Family Artist Residency program at the Plumbing Museum in Watertown with four paintings in the museum's permanent collection. Her work has also been exhibited, published, and collected throughout the US and in Asia. Ponnapa currently lives and works in Massachusetts.

Work available on Artsy

Exhibitions

Space Between, June 30-July 25, 2021
Troubled Landscapes, group show on Artsy, June 1-30, 2021
Samatha: Stillness in the Chaos, June 2-27, 2021
Repeat As Needed, July 29-August 23, 2020
Troubled Landscapes, a group show on Artsy, June 1-30, 2020
Transformations, group show on Artsy, May 28-June 18, 2020

Press + Media

Samatha: Stillness in the Chaos, Press Release, April 6, 2021.
Costello, Jess. "Repeat As Needed: 5 Questions with 7 Kingston Gallery Artists from the Latest Exhibit," Boston Hassle, September 3, 2020.
Newbery, Emma. "Repeat As Needed," Kingston Gallery Blog, August 9, 2020.
Witcomb, Robert. "We Need Even More This Year," New England Diary, July 12, 2020.

Contact

ponnapa.com
pprakkama@gmail.com
Instagram: @giftponnapa



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