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Honoring one’s mother

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.

 


The Flora of Love

Gallery116’s New Exhibition

The artist, 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.

His 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 Nimmanhaeminda.

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]

The artist (center) is joined by the gallery owner Wanthip Wandee (far left), her friends and family.


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Honoring one’s mother

The Flora of Love