Vipoo Srivilasa: Re/JOY

Vipoo Srivilasa
Saturday, 1 May 2021 to Sunday, 20 June 2021
George Lance Gallery
Aaron Bradbrook WAG Curator Exhibitions and Outreach

Re/JOY is a new collaborative exhibition from Thai born, Melbourne based artist, curator and activist Vipoo Srivilasa. Designing fixed rules to govern WAG Curator of Exhibitions and Outreach Aaron Bradbrook’s participation, Srivilasa will intricately ‘repair’ damaged ceramics donated by members of the South West Victorian community. Each damaged object, selected for its sentimental connection to the owner, enters into a process of ‘restorative happiness’. Through this process, Srivilasa interrogates our emotional connections to objects, while instilling a direct relationship of trust between the artist, curator and participant.

Select donors will be asked to permanently let go of the object and relinquish their association to its future. By allowing oneself to trust the curator and artist, Srivilasa will faithfully create a new artwork from the damaged object for exhibition; adorning it with his esteemed and joyous artistic approach. In doing so, each donor is given the opportunity to reconcile any emotional bonds with the object as it transitions into a symbol of joy for greater audiences. Professionally photographed, each donor will receive a framed and signed limited edition A5 print as a memento. 

Applications have now closed for donations.

Vipoo Srivilasa
Thai-born Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist, Vipoo Srivilasa's work is a playful blend of European historical figurines and Asian decorative art practices with a healthy dose of contemporary culture often exploring cross-cultural and migration experiences. Vipoo regularly organises projects that create opportunities for cultural exchange between artists as well as taking part in many collaborative projects.

Spanning 20 years, Vipoo has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Saatchi Gallery, London; Ayala Museum, Philippines; Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Nanjing Arts Institute, China and the National Gallery of Thailand. His work is held in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, GOMA, and the Craft Council, UK. Vipoo Srivilasa has been awarded the 2021 Ceramic Artist of the Year by the editorial staff of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, USA. Vipoo was awarded a Bachelor of Art (Ceramics) from Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1994; Graduate Diploma of Arts (Ceramics),  Monash University, Melbourne 1997; and a Master of Fine Art and Design from the University of Tasmania, Hobart in 1998.

Vipoo in studio. Photo by Eve Wilson
Vipoo Srivilasa, Happiness Doesn’t Just Have One Address, 2021, donated object, ceramic and mixed-media. 32 x 28 x 22cm. Donated by Beryl Conlin, 2021. Photo Simon Strong