The exhibition “Faith Beyond Earth” presents the faith and beliefs through art works created by 18 artists. We feel very honored to exhibit the works of two National Artists— Dr. Chalermchai Kositpipat and Mr. Panya Vijinthanasarn— as well as well-known artists and rising artists— Mr. Thongchai Srisukprasert, Mr. Roengsak Boonyawanichkul, Mr. Alongkorn Laowatthana, Mr. Chatchawan Rodklongtan, Mr. Thanarit Thipwaree, Mr. Krit Ngamsom, Mr. Manut Lao-on, Mr. Siroj Phuangbubpja, Mr. Palut Marod, Mr. Jakkee Kongkeaw, Mr. Verapong Sritrakulkitjakarn, Ms. Jiranan Julrabot, Mr. Warawut Tourawong, Mr. Teerawat Nutcharoenpol, Mr. Home-Sawan Umansap, and Ms. Parichart Suphaphan. On this occasion, it is an honor to have Mr. Tawatchai Somkong— the editor of the Fine Art Magazine— to be a curator for this exhibition.
Faith and beliefs are inseparable from Thai people as part of our inheritance. Originally, Thai people paid respect to ghosts, worshipped divine beings or devas, and believed in sacred beings until Buddhism was first propagated in Suvarnabhumi (the Land of Gold for the ancient Southeast Asia). The faith and beliefs are a result of what Buddhist teachings have combined with inherited rites. Therefore, rites of Brahminism, Buddhism, and ghosts are inseparable. For example, Thai people worship Buddha images, but at the same time they pay respect to divine beings and give sacrificial offerings to household spirits. The deep-seated faith and beliefs in Thai people’s spirituality are different from people in Asia. Thailand has remarkable rites which are so attractive to be discovered, particularly the western people who are curious to know about them.
The faith and beliefs— which are abstract, invisible, and intangible— are transformed into a concrete material through various forms of art works, conveying the meaning of the faith and beliefs nurtured in the spirituality of each individual artist. They grow and expand to art works. Some artists sarcastically present the faith and beliefs, while the others view them as accumulated merits. Darkness or brightness, satire, sarcasm, and a sign of the transformation from the abstract into the concrete— all meanings are differently conveyed by each individual artist’s imagination and interpretation.