Appetite is proud to present She/Her, a group exhibition bringing together the work of four artists— Pinaree Sanpitak, Yanyun Chen, Shone Puipia, and S.H. Lim — who inspire us to think deeply and differently about representations of the female form across iconography and abstraction. With the support of STPI Creative Gallery and Workshop, Yavuz Gallery, and the artists, the exhibition promotes a trans-mediatic approach to art, the likes of which are rare in Singapore. Photography, fashion, printmaking, and traditional painting are all held in equal esteem in this wide-ranging show.
Thai contemporary artist Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961) is one of the most highly acclaimed artists of her generation, best known for her practice centred on the female body and its forms. Since her photographic collages of the early 1990s, Sanpitak has consistently reworked and reshaped the breast-stupa— a commonly recurring motif in her work— with a diverse range of materials. Examples include Noon-nom (2001-2002), an interactive installation featuring breast-shaped pillows, and Breast Stupa Cookery (2005-present), an ongoing collaborative project where Sanpitak invites chefs to create meals using breast-stupa-shaped cooking molds.
Yanyun Chen (b. 1986) is an emerging visual artist based in Singapore who runs a diverse practice. While her foundations are grounded in classical drawing and animation, Chen has also produced a number of notable installation projects, such as The scars that write us, which was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Singapore Art Museum President’s Young Talents Exhibition. This project, as well as her subsequent solo exhibition Stories of a woman and her dowry (2019), takes on an auto-fictional lens to examine the female body and its inheritances, in particular the ties that bind a woman to her family.
Born and raised in Bangkok, Shone Puipia (b. 1993) is an award-winning Thai fashion designer whose collections present a bold and uncompromising narrative of global visual culture from the last three decades. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Puipia launched his own label SHONE PUIPIA in 2017. He works from his central Bangkok studio and multidisciplinary space, soi sa:m. The son of two established Thai artists— Pinaree Sanpitak and Chatchai Puipia— Shone grew up drawing cartoons and imagining fantasy worlds. Today, his collections draw inspiration from the likes of Grete Stern’s surrealist photomontages, Sarah Sze’s installations, and David Hockney’s graphic compositions.
S.H. Lim’s (b. 1930)’s fashion and glamour photographs are nostalgic time capsules. They recall a vibrant and modernizing Thailand from the mid-twentieth century, a golden age of charismatic film stars and intoxicating beauty queens. As a self-taught photographer, Lim contributed numerous iconic images to prominent Thai publications between 1962 and 1987. Not until very recently, however, has the photographer received recognition for his mastery. In 2015, Lim’s works were presented alongside those of six other photographers in Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography at the NUS Museum, an exhibition led by Thai artist-curator Manit Sriwanichpoom.