poster for Small.
[Image: ©Dusadee Huntrakul]

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Putting together a selection of small-scale works, the exhibition investigates the different expressive choices of the nine participating artists. Stirring our imagination, each of the works on view possesses a strong sense of presence that stretches far beyond their actual size.

Busui Ajaw creates paintings that are intimately connected to her background. Born into an artisan family belonging to the Akha people, a semi-nomadic ethnic minority who lives across Southeast Asia’s mountains, Ajaw embodies her roots into her artistic practice. Takanori Ishizuka’s work gives shape to fantastic worlds, comical and cynical at the same time, whose inhabitants are imaginary, curious, and small creatures. Through his interest in weeds growing inside water tanks, Kazuya Sakamoto has observed similarities between such ecosystems and today’s societies, leading him to investigate the inner side of things using plants as his motif. Chih-Hung Liu’s work seems to capture bits from the artist’s everyday life and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from the landscapes and events the artist experiences during his journeys. Tammy Nguyen’s practice transfers onto the canvas stories about terrorism, diaspora, and the harsh reality war leaves behind, which continues to impact people’s everyday life. At the same time, Nguyen takes a look at her own experience as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who escaped to the USA after fleeing their country during the Vietnam War. Dusadee Huntrakul’s production of drawings and small sculptures sheds light on the point where individual and collective meet. Locking down fragments of her memories and life experiences so far inside a sketchbook, Pin-Ling Huang transforms her inner world into landscapes. Jean-Luc Moerman entered the limelight with his gigantic paintings filling public spaces and museums, building a versatile career that includes collaborations with firms and exhibitions in international venues worldwide. Portraits of animals and human figures inhabit Tawan Wattuya’s drawings. Created through the use of watercolor, a rather difficult medium to control, Wattuya’s portraits appear distorted and smudged due to the characteristic gradation and blurred effect of this medium, and seem to unveil what is really hiding beneath the surface.

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