Exquisite Porcelain Figures by Vipoo Srivilasa Express the Ineffable Nature of Beauty and Connection


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Left: “My Fabulous Self” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 37 x 22 x 12 centimeters. Center: “Free As An Independence Bird” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 38 x 23 x 12 centimeters. Right: “You Make Me Happy” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 38 x 20 x 10 centimeters. All images © Vipoo Srivilasa, courtesy of Edwina Corlette, shared with permission

Flowers in gold luster and cobalt, small portraits of mythical creatures with feathers and polka dots, and various geometric motifs embellish Vipoo Srivilasa’s porcelain figures, which celebrate abundance and joy through opulent details. On view now at Edwina Corlette in the artist’s solo show Solitude and Connection, the sculptures are otherworldly in form as they meld human anatomy with flora and fauna, exploring “the diverse ways in which love takes shape.”

Born and raised in Thailand and now based in Melbourne, Srivilasa often explores how these two cultures overlap and diverge and what it means to occupy the space in between. Most figures in this recent menagerie hold two fingers in the air, a hand gesture with widely varied meanings depending on the location and context.

Evoking the divine and interconnected forces, the collection also references the unearthly features of deities, profuse growth, and the pleasure derived through simplicity. “Like a diverse array of flowers, love permeates various relationships, encompassing friendships, familial bonds, and the profound connection with nature,” the artist shares. “These relationships, like vibrant petals in a vast garden, remind us that love knows no boundaries or limitations.”

Solitude and Connection is on view through July 4. Find more of Srivilasa’s works and glimpses into his studio and process on his site and Instagram.

 

“Enduring Unity” (2023), glazed porcelain and gold luster

Back of “You Make Me Happy” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 38 x 20 x 10 centimeters

“I Dream of Three Snakes and None of Them Are My History” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 48 x 23 x 11 centimeters

“Harmonising Souls in Sweet Symphony” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 37 x 22 x 12 centimeters

Back of “Enduring Unity 2/3” (2023), glazed porcelain and gold luster, 26 x 21 x 12 centimeters

“Self-partnered” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 38 x 22 x 12 centimeters

Back of “Free As An Independence Bird” (2023), porcelain with cobalt pigment and gold luster, 38 x 23 x 12 centimeters

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