QAGOMA’s 10th Asia Pacific Triennial

by Vipoo Srivilasa

Vipoo Srivilasa’s work is formed part of The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia until 25 April 2022.

The artwork titled “Shrine of Life/Benjapakee Shrine, 2021” featuring five hand-crafted ceramic deities representing attributes important to the artist: identity, love equality, creativity, security and spirituality. Finished with gold lustre and floral embellishments, the work reflects Srivilasa’s holistic approach to life, and encourages audiences to appreciate the things that unite us.


The ceramic artist is concerned with issues such as social inequity and cultural displacement, and with creating artworks that alleviate their dispiriting effects. As he has said, ‘My work will always be fun, happy and beautiful’. In 2008, having earned renown for meticulous blue and white porcelain sculptures inspired by his Buddhist faith, Thai folktales and his life in Australia, Srivilasa realised his first participatory project, Roop-Rote-Ruang (Taste-Touch-Tell), and now frequently involves audiences in his work.

His artwork for APT10 expands his practice, building on its audience-oriented qualities. The artist has created a reflective, shrine-like space that houses five secular deities representing attributes important to him — love equality, spirituality, security, identity, and creativity — and asks visitors to join him in celebrating them. Through the work, Srivilasa venerates memories of his Thai homeland, acknowledges what his relocation to Australia has meant to him, and encourages viewers to appreciate both our differences and our commonalities.


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December 22, 2021