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One of Medalta’s aims is to bring new and exciting ideas to Alberta with the goal of continually influencing and inspiring Alberta-based artists. SEXSE is one of this year’s most ambitious short-term residencies. Medalta invited four accomplished South-East Asian-based artists to South-East Alberta (SE by SE …) for the month of September. These artists are hard at work in our studio, getting acquainted with our year-long artists. The creative energy being generated by these groups is refreshing and there are already some brilliant ideas emerging.

The hope is that the wide and varying backgrounds these artists bring to Medalta will spark entirely new trains of thought and exploration. Although everyone in this group is a ceramic artist, they are also advertisers, illustrators, concerned with biological processes, educators. They are in South East Alberta from Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.

At 7:00pm on Monday, September 23, Medalta will be hosting a special Speakers’ Series for this incredibly SEXSE group. The format will be fun, quick and engaging; each artist will only have a few minutes to speak (prompted by visuals of their work, life experience or whatever else inspires them). It will be a fun evening and a rare opportunity to meet these artists before they jet back across oceans to their home.
There is no charge for this event and everyone is encouraged to attend.

ARTIST BIOS

Vipoo Srivilasa
A Thai born, Melbourne-based artist, VIPOO SRIVILASA works mostly in ceramics, exploring similarities between the cultures of his native home, Thailand and his adoptive home, Australia. His work is a playful blend of historical Figurative and Decorative art practices with a health dose of Contemporary Culture.

Vipoo relocated to Australia in 1996 to further his studies in ceramics. As well as a Bachelor or Art (Ceramics) from Rangsit University in Bangkok, Vipoo holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Ceramics from Monash University and a Master of Fine Art and Design (Ceramics) from the University of Tasmania.

Using blue and white colour, he creates complex narratives through highly decorated images applied to the surfaces of ceramic forms. His work requires an intimacy in which the key elements of the drama are often found in unusual places within the forms themselves.

Vipoo has exhibited widely both in Australia and overseas.

 

Thomas Cheong

Thomas Cheong was born in 1977 in Singapore. Thomas is a full time art practitioner and educator specializing in the field of ceramics. In 2000, he co-founded and has since co-managed Contemporary Clay Studio, an artist studio space based in Singapore, with Teo Huey Min.

Thomas has had his work exhibited in Asia and America. His work can also be seen in the first annual Medalta International Cup Show.

 

Teo Huey Min
Teo Huey Min was born in Singapore in 1983. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts at Tainan National University of the Arts.

She has participated in residencies and exhibitions in China and in the United States at Baltimore Clayworks.  Her ceramic work has also been showcased in Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore.

 

Krisaya Luenganantakul

Krisaya is a ceramic artist and lecturer. From 2005 to 2011, she was a full time professor and taught courses in Basic Sculpture and Ceramic Arts at the Department of Art, Music and Dance, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand.

Currently, she is a part-time lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. She has had both domestic and international exhibitions.

Between September 2007 to May 2008, she was selected as one of the artists in residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine , USA. Later in 2008, her work was selected for presentation at the 2nd International Triennial of Silicate Arts Exhibition” in Cifrapalota, Kecskemét, Hungary.

In 2009, she presented her ceramic work at NCECA in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She was recently invited to demonstrate her making process and show her work in the Ceramic Road of Southeast Asia: Yingge Ceramics Museum Taipei Country, Taiwan.

 

Boon Kiat (James) Seet

An Art Director by profession in the advertising field in Malaysia, Boon Kiat Seet expands his imagination from 2D to 3D. Being creative with clay has been a passion of his since a very young age, when he dabbled with air-dry paper clay. He has obtained tutoring from local potter Yeow Seng Cheah and foreign potter Margaret Fenn, who now resides in Malaysia, and has traveled to Fitzroy Falls, Australia to pot with Neil Boughton.

In April 2008, he traveled to Australia and did his first artist in residency at Quixotica: an artist space inspired and set up by Rowley Drysdale, a distinguished potter and artist from Queensland. James developed new ideas and directions for his work and also experienced firing an Ogama kiln.

In 2009, he was one of the four Malaysians chosen by Ayala Museum to represent Malaysia for the first South East Asian Ceramic Festival in the Philippines. In 2012, he was invited again as one of the artists to create works for a permanent museum in FLICAM, Fuping, China for the 2nd South East Asia
Ceramic Conference.

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