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Pinaree Sanpitak’s focus on the breast form may seem provocative to some audiences. But the Thai artist’s thoughtful evocations of the female body, whether in metal, fabric, ceramic or glass, are meant to kindle admiration, not shock, and have earned her renown and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums from Singapore to Los Angeles.
She visited the Toledo Museum of Art where two of her installations will be on display—one in Canaday Gallery, another on the grounds of the Glass Pavilion. She discussed her work and influences during a presentation.
About the Artist:
Born in 1961 in Bangkok, Sanpitak discovered her affinity for art as a high school exchange student in the United States. “My credits in science and math from school in Thailand were sufficient for American high school, so I was able to take elective courses like photography and drawing,” she said. She went on to earn a fine art degree in Japan and returned to her native Thailand to begin showing her work at fledgling gallery spaces in the country’s capital. The explorations of the human body so present in her work today began in the 1990s, partly inspired, she said, by her parents’ careers as physicians and her upbringing on a medical school campus. Since then, her work has been displayed in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia.