Ruangsak Anuwatwimon


Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (b. 1975, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand) focuses his practice on the idea of spirituality and superstitions as a set of rules and governing power. Ruangsak Anuwatwimon’s almost apostolic approach in his preparation of materials is reminiscent of human crematory rituals. Careful in his selection of specimens, which are always loaded with symbolism and hold a powerful place in human history, Ruangsak Anuwatmimon cremates plant and animal species, and uses their ashes to sculpt objects reminiscent of life. These specimens include the carcasses of dogs poisoned and abandoned to die, as well as the poisonous hemlock plant, used to kill condemned Greek prisoners such as Socrates. These materials and artworks are evocative of the cycle of life, which is the source of all suffering according to Buddhist teaching. Ruangsak Anuwatwimon is currently in the midst of a 5-year project called GOLEM that began in 2011, for what he is attempting construct two artificially composed human figures from the ashes of organisms that have died due to some form of human activity.