Now or Yesterday? further advances and reinvigorates Nino Sarabutra’s trademark theme of the exploration of human emotions. Encouraging the audience to contemplate love, life, and the very spirit of being alive, the Thai artist presents a new series that summons the viewer to consider the climate change crisis as a direct result of human behaviour, as well as the imperativeness of addressing it. Communicating how, as citizens, we must possess a higher purpose, love and respect, not just for ourselves and others, but for nature and the planet, she fills the gallery with ceramic and clay works that represent love in all its forms.
From a new series of hearts and monoprints, as well as a commissioned mobile, these works remind us of how tenuous life is and invite the spectator to contemplate who they aspire to be. Nino’s renowned skull installation WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND? will also be showcased in London for the very first time.
This exhibition is supported by Chang Beer (UK & Europe) and Monsoon Valley Wines.
About the Artist
After graduating in ceramic art from Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Nino Sarabutra (b. 1970, Thailand) spent nearly 20 years working as an advertising creative in various agencies before becoming a full-time artist in 2008.
Nino’s work focuses on communication. Her work stimulates self-reflection so audiences consider their position in life, how it feels to be human, what factors drive their emotions, what motivates them. In 2009 Nino presented her first solo exhibition Exploring Love with walls of ceramic hearts framing images of all that we can love. Since then she has explored death, sensuality, spirituality, food, and human greed. Her exhibitions, and Nino herself, are defined by the genuine joy of living.
Nino’s most recognisable work WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND? was created in 2012 with 125,000 porcelain skulls filling a gallery to remind us of the precious nature of life. Since then, it has been developed through shows in Bangkok, Singapore, New York, Venice, Paris, and the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018. She has held regular solo and group exhibitions in Bangkok, New York, Manila, Singapore, Berlin, and Venice.
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