A look into the experiences of artists living, working and exhibiting in the Horlock Art Gallery & History Museum.
Apinya Srikhwanthong is a fine artist from Thailand currently based in San Francisco. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2016 with a BFA in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing. She is knowledgeable and highly proficient in a range of mediums including watercolor, oil paint, acrylic, and charcoal. Her works have been exhibited in Alaska, New Jersey, San Francisco, Sebastopol, Paso Robles, and Pittsburg. On an international level, her works have been exhibited in Thailand and China. Through her experience and experimentation with traditional mediums, she has transferred her skills to working with mixed media and paper artworks, creating book arts and paper sculptures.
Apinya’s artistic journey began back home in Thailand, where she participated in an art workshop held at her high school. It presented her with the opportunity to discover her passion to create art. In 2011, she attended Poh-Chang Academy of Art in Bangkok, Thailand where she pursued her undergraduate program in Painting and Drawing. With the encouragement from her professors, she joined the National Reality Fine Art Competition TV Show, ‘Art Tree Season 2’, which was broadcast nationwide on the Thai PBS channel. She came in second place, but what she gained the most was the experience and knowledge shared by the famous national Thai Art jurors and contestants.
Apinya was granted a scholarship to further pursue her artistic career in the United States of America. In 2012, she arrived in San Francisco to begin a new chapter in her artistic journey at the Academy of Art University (AAU). During her academic years, she worked hard to get into the annual AAU Juried Spring Shows. In 2015, she received the BFA Paper Sculpture Specialty Award from the University, along with the Jurors Choice Award for Self-portrait Paper Sculpture at the 30th Annual National No Big Heads competition in Alaska. The next year, she received the Second Place of Book Arts Award, as well as the BFA Online Award for Mixed Media at the AAU Annual Spring Show 2016. These awards cemented her status as one of the best students in her Fine Art Faculty and her instructors motivated her to press onward as a professional artist.
After graduation, she taught a Paper Sculpture class at the CalColor Academy in Fremont, California, and later accepted a residency with The Arts Council of Brazos Valley. She is now living and focusing on her art in Navasota, Texas. As for what the future holds, she hopes to expand the art community in her country, Thailand, as well as abroad toward a better art society.
I see the beauty of nature is endless and it has inspired me to produce artworks for series about life on land and under the ocean. My current works are produced through my experiences and experimentation with mixed media and paper artworks. My principle medium is paper, but not limited to any kind of paper. Making my work I draw with a knife and create dimensions by adjusting different layers. As a mixed media paper artist, I like to transform a flat sheet of paper into a new sculptural work of art. When I work on paper sculpture, I generally start transferring my drawing to the paper, and then carefully cut it by using an X-Acto knife. After that I shape, add colors or texture, and build a form. Paper sculpture allows me to play with light and shadows. When the light shines on it, there will be directional highlights and shadows that create a sense of depth and form. The end result brings up an interactive feeling of transformation that is simply magical.
Rebecca Dias graduated from Scripps College in 2010 with a B.A. in Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, Concentration: Issues of Globalization. She is currently working on her M.A. in Business Design & Arts Leadership through Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating from Scripps College, Rebecca has lived in Shanghai, China where she became a founding member of Basement 6 Art Collective and taught art in several capacities both in the states and abroad. While she has enjoyed these experiences, Rebecca is ready to focus on expanding her platform and portfolio as professional artist.
During her residency at the Horlock Art Gallery, Rebecca hopes to expand her portfolio, learn more about gallery operations and representation, and advance platform as a professional artist. Rebecca is excited to use her role as a Navasota Artist-in-Residence to promote arts within the Navasota community, and to support the Horlock House and Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
In my acrylic and water-based media paintings, I seek to bring a viewer’s subconscious experience to a conscious reflective surface through presenting a tension of abstraction and form. For purely abstract paintings, this tension may emerge through color, shape, size, or texture of visual elements. For abstraction of recognizable forms, visual elements contrast with a habitual or expected experience of a recognizable subject to engage the viewer’s perception at an emotional or spiritual level. I allow my own experience during the painting process to direct the flow of paint and composition, through factors such as motion and method of paint application. In showing up to my own blank canvas, I become a child again. The final product is a tangible, reflective expression of my own conscious and subconscious experience during the painting process, in a form accessible to viewers as a childlike invitation to their own reflective experience.
Hannah obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Georgia in 2018 and plans to attend graduate school in the near future. During her residency, Hannah will start a painting a day series highlighting a news worthy tragedy that has happened each day. With this work of art, Hannah hopes she can emphasizes how quickly tragedies are replaced by news events covered by the news media, yet how these tragedies continue to exist and carry weight despite being quickly overlooked. Hannah looks forward to working alongside two artists and strengthening her portfolio in preparation for grad school.
Advancements in technology have worked as a catalyst for the spread and accessibility of information. Through the continuous stimuli of mass communication, we are exposed to an overwhelming amount of graphic tragedy across the world without a filter. Current events are glossed over, quickly replaced and forgotten.
My painted assemblages present a way to memorialize and contemplate past events outside of their usual context. Sifting through print media and scanning through digital archives to find images to paint in a representational manner may seem redundant, but I believe painting a photograph preserves and honors the image. I counter the rapid-fire nature of mass communication by dedicating the time to paint images and conditions that have fallen out of relevancy. The painting’s events are analyzed and restaged in our mind, while the constructed sculptural elements lend the work a physical charge, an extension of sensation pushed out into the dimensional space of the viewer.
On September 11th, Navasota Artists-in-Residence visited Texas A&M’s Wright Gallery for the opening of ‘Respect’ by Jenn Hassin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and professional artist. Her installation uses papers made from the fabric of recycled veteran and civilian uniforms to explore the significance, values, and interpretations associated with people serving in the military. We … Continue reading Local Connections: ‘Respect’ at Texas A&M’s Wright Gallery
Welcome, & Welcome back… most places it’s back-to-school, but for us, it’s back-to-art! For our blog series kickoff (pardon the pun, Aggieland!), we asked each artist 2 questions: (1) What did you do this summer break? (2) What were you looking forward to most about Navasota? See our answers below: Apinya: I went home to … Continue reading Welcome, and Welcome Back!