The art of Bundit Puangthong typifies a phenomenon of our times. This art emerges from ‘in-between’ cultures, and dramatizes the burgeoning sense of possibilities developing in our increasingly interconnected world.
Before coming to Australia, Bundit initially completed formal training in traditional Thai art, and later studied contemporary Western methods under the guidance of renowned Thai artist Montien Boonma.
Employing a wide range of media, and guided by an acute awareness of social phenomena, Bundit utilizes the pictorial space as a site of negotiation between inherited and adopted motifs. Via this jumble of words, themes and associations – Buddhist, Thai, American Pop and an ever-increasing array of Australian idiosyncrasies – he encourages us to discover and enjoy the multiplicity of meanings and commonalities that weave together to create our cultural fabric.
Andrea Fisher’s artwork crosses boundaries, collapsing the categories which once confined art’s interpretation. In ways that challenge our preconceptions, Fisher moves between cultural and artistic modes. Jewellery and photography work together in series where their interrelation creates a conversation about the changing mores of contemporary culture.
Fisher’s foremost desire is to use her artwork to reclaim agency of her heritage through the recontextualisation of her ancestral history. History changes with its retelling, and like the other members of the proppaNOW artists collective to which she belongs, Fisher ‘demonstrates a defiance to remember’. The sombre reminder contained in her work is relieved by the artist’s ironic humour, however, which invites us to participate in an on-going and edgy dialogue about the Australian society.