Pannaphan Yodmanee’s installations are eruptions of materials

Pannaphan Yodmanee visited her local Buddhist temple often as a child, and it was here, at the age of ten, that she learnt to paint. Buddhist shrines and temples in Thailand are places where art, religion, history and life intertwine. Ancient stories, histories and cosmologies are depicted on their inner walls and on murals in…

Pannaphan Yodmanee draws on Buddhist cosmology to create her installations

Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee’s extraordinary work In the aftermath 2018, commissioned for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) was the subject of the 2019 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Foundation Appeal. Watch the installation time-lapse Pannaphan Yodmanee, Thailand b.1988 / In the aftermath 2018 / Found objects, artist-made icons,…

Pannaphan Yodmanee’s ‘In the Aftermath’ is a complex, immersive installation

From the age of ten, Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee was taught traditional Buddhist painting techniques by a monk at her local temple, and while she draws on this depth of knowledge, she moves beyond traditional conventions to connect the symbolic, the spiritual and the secular in exciting and experiential new ways. Through years of refining…

A performative walk in search of the metre

In June 1792, Napoleon Bonaparte tasked two French astronomers with an ambitious task: to traverse an arc inscribed on the surface of the Earth and determine a new ‘universal’ standard — the metre. Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre-François-André Méchain traveled the length of the Meridian arc from Dunkerque to Barcelona in order to extract a singular…

An incredible story: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers

While Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers have worked on panel paintings collaboratively since 2001, creating 24 works, Metafisica Australe 2017 holds special meaning: it reflects on the origins of their collaboration, which developed following Tillers’s use of elements of Jagamara’s Five Stories 1984 in his 1985 work titled The Nine Shots. His conscious copying of Jagamara’s cultural motifs is…

A meeting of minds

Metafisica Australe 2017 is a rich, contemporary symbiosis of the personal, professional and cultural reflections of two great Australian artists. The subject of this year’s QAGOMA Foundation Appeal, Metafisica Australe is a significant 72-panel painting that is the latest artwork resulting from the collaborative efforts of Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers. Simon Wright was present when…