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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Rattana Salee: A Thai Sculptor Who Sheds Light On The Detrimental Effects Of Urbanization

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Rattana Salee is a contemporary sculptor from Thailand who received her MFA from Silpakorn University in 2011. This paper offers a visual analysis of her series Shell (Shocked) and an interpretation of her works from a Global Contemporary Art point of view. The body of work grouped together as Shell (Shocked) is mostly abstract and uses metal rods, epoxy, and plaster to offer a juxtaposition of the communal yet private complexities of urban living. Salee’s haunting sculptures mimic the incomplete skeletal structures of urban architecture in Bangkok that were left unfinished after a financial crisis in 1997. While this series offers a commentary on the economic state of Thailand at that particular time, it also suggests a broader social commentary on how people become removed from their surroundings, others, and themselves as a direct result of the increase in urbanization. Shell (Shocked) also speaks to the author of this paper on a more personal level since they are pursuing a BFA in sculpture and their body of work offers a similar social commentary on the formation and development of human identity using mixed media. As such, the paper will provide not only a crucial contribution to the scant amount of scholarship existing on the artist, but it will also contextualize Salee’s work in the 21st century exchange of East and West. This is particularly poignant as Salee is working on a new series that continues a dialogue with and about her city, but uses a more personal and thought-provoking approach.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:20am
102 Owen Hall

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