Sirikoy Chutataweesawas is a painter and academic. She has received her art Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Chutataweesawas was upbringing and born under Chinese tradition which values gender inequality. This has greatly influenced her ongoing and initial practice, often portrays her personal life by representing Chinese porcelain dolls as a Chinese women portrait.
In recent years, she has continued her visual art practice and research at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and has completed her Doctor of Fine and Applied Arts (DFA) in Visual Art. During her studies at the DFA program, she had a chance to join a short training course in documentary film at New York Film Academy in New York, and discovered her interest in film making. She is now exploring this exciting art form and trying to find a possible connection with her paintings.
She is currently lectures on the Media Arts program at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand.
Sirikoy Chutataweesawas, a still from Memory of Chinese Women, 2018, single channel video, 5 minutes, color, sound
Memory of Chinese Women
This video has been transformed from Chutataweesawas’s series of recent acrylic paintings which integrates her experiences as a Chino-Thai descendant with the memories of other Chino-Thai women in three stages of life. The use of color and light helps to narrate the repression of women under the male-dominated culture. These are combined in the style of portraiture painting in the form of a Chinese porcelain doll. The porcelain dolls reflect human characteristics as fragile, breaking as easily as women’s feelings despite their hard demeanor. The links between the backgrounds and the dresses tell secret tales through traditional art motifs and symbols of modern household burdens. Though still as dolls, their voices reveal painful emotions: without respect, esteem, or visibility.
In this moving image version, Chutataweesawas explores the way to express her feeling in another form of media. She brings all her paintings into motion that allows audiences to experience a change in every stage of life of Chinese women in three generations.