Born 1988 Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Lives and works in
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Pannaphan Yodmanee was trained in traditional Buddhist painting from a young age. She now draws on Buddhist cosmology to create site-specific installations that resemble modern ruins or demolition sites. She constructs these using slabs of demolished concrete, exposed iron structures and walls primed with concrete and rocks. These raw elements are delicately painted with scenes depicting historical events in South-East Asia, including conquests, battles and journeys across land and sea. She uses gold leaf and the vivid blues associated with Thai Buddhist art, and also creates her own Buddhist objects and icons, which are dispersed throughout the installation like secrets waiting to be discovered. Yodmanee is particularly interested in the role that faith and religion have in our lives, and their capacity to foster peace and happiness, but also destruction, conflict and violence.