Imhathai Suwatthanasilp is known for using human hair as the main material to create her artworks. She relates hair to the human experience through works that are tactile and emotive, posing many questions to the audience. Suwatthanasilp’s works explore ideas such as gender, life, death, violence, morality, belief and rituals which shape the character and behaviours of people in Thai society.
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp grew up in Chaiyaphum province, Thailand, where she also studied until high school. In 2000, she enrolled in the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, where she graduated with Bachelor and Master degrees and in 2006, she won a scholarship for an exchange programme at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. In 2008, she received a scholarship from the Government of Italy to take a course in Marble Carving at Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Italy and then became an instructor at the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, for six years. After which, she left the teaching career to be a full-time artist and has her own studio in Lampoon province since 2017.
Bangkok, Chaiyaphum province, Thailand
Lives & Works
Acknowledgements & Funders
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp acknowledges the support of the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Petch Osathanugrah, Wannita Makaroon and the Royal Thai Embassy.
John Curtin Gallery
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