Vipoo Srivilasa | Wellness Deity

Published by: Linden New Art | 16-May-2021
Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai-born Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist. Srivilasa works predominantly in porcelain but also in an inter-disciplinary manner, creating works on paper, mix media and bronze sculpture, as well as large scale public art. Srivilasa’s playful blend of 19th century European figurines and Asian decorative art practices often explores contemporary cross-cultural and migration experiences.
Venue: Linden New Art
Address: 26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Date: 22-May-21
Time: 11- 4pm
Ticket: Free
This exhibition will present the Wellness Deity Project, which Srivilasa undertook in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative, community-driven project encouraged people to reflect on their experience of the pandemic. The artist invited people to submit a drawing of their Wellness Deity, a being that has a special empowering or protective power. Srivilasa selected 19 of these drawings to provide inspiration for a series of ceramic sculptures. Each deity has its own unique characteristics based on the personal stories submitted. Each work is also accompanied by a piece of commissioned creative writing.

Accompanying the Wellness Deity works will be a trio of paintings made by the artist during Melbourne's second lockdown. A further series of sculptures that celebrate the colour blue, which has been an ongoing feature in Srivilasa's practice, will also extend his formal exploration of the deity.

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