Waewdao and Wandee perform a traditional dance
together in the show.
By Shana Kongmun
Local favorite Waewdao Sirisook, so well known for her traditional Lanna
dances and modern takes on tradition launched her latest show at Mache're
Art Space over the weekend of February 9 and 10.
This contemporary Lanna Dance theater featured the life story her mother,
Khun Dee and was shown from the perspective of a 35 year old looking forward
to their life at 65.
Joining Waewdao in this portrayal of the life of her mother were her mother,
Wandee Sirisook, Boonsom Sirisook, Sudaporn Sirisook, Ronnarong Khampha,
Neti Phikroh and Tawatchai Ariyakiritakul.
The dance showed the love and care, joy and sorrow and the wish of every
child to be with her mother in this life and the next. Waewdao continues to
show her grace and understanding of traditional life in every performance
and here, joined by her mother equally graceful.
Mother adjusts daughter’s clothes in a timeless
act that crosses all cultural boundaries.
From childhood to adulthood, the performance
followed her life.
With her father, the performance celebrates and
honors her mother’s life.
Gallery116’s New Exhibition
K. Tanom, stands in front of his colourful canvases.
By Jai Pee
Gallery116 on Charoen Meung Road opened its doors on Saturday February 16th
to a new exhibition of paintings by Tanom Kongchan, a Fine Arts graduate of
Chiang Mai University where he is also guest instructor in sculpture. His
origins are, however, from Isaan and perhaps this is why he has been so
influenced by nature and in particular by the wonders of the orchid.
His paintings, many of them on large canvasses show the inherent beauty of
the orchid in fascinating and colorful detail – if it is not too much of a
dichotomy, his paintings can be described as bright pastel shades – indeed
it takes great skill to use pastel shades and achieve the brightness and
clarity that are the hallmarks of this man’s work. But achieve it he does
and this collection is quite an astounding if unusual array of artistry.
beautiful representations of flowers filled the room with colour.
The similarities between the ovary and the centre of the flowers is brought
to realistic fruition in several of the paintings on display – delicate
colours in pale violets and purple hues with all kinds of subtle shades of
pink and yellow in distinctive design give the audience much food for
thought. It is very rewarding to see something so new and innovative yet
traditional in concept – the result is certainly eye-catching and endearing.
In almost bewildering contrast, Tanom is also displaying ten completely
abstract paintings in the interior rear room of the gallery. These are
mixtures of shapes and colours using a different technique of composition –
and again they are worth seeing as they are a departure from the norm.
JP is seen
here discussing the centerpiece with 116 Gallery owner Wanthip
The artist himself has exhibited in many places – Chiang Mai of course, but
also in Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Ha Noi, Nagoya and Iota in Japan, spanning a
period of almost 25 years. The paintings are offered for sale at prices
ranging from 3,500 baht to 95,000 baht for the larger canvasses.
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 until 18.00 until April
28th. For further information visit the gallery at 116 Charoen Muang Road
about 300 metres from Nawarat Bridge in the direction of the railway
station, phone 053 302 111 or email [email protected]
(center) is joined by the gallery owner Wanthip Wandee (far left), her
friends and family.