Artist: Maitree Siriboon (Project Stage)
Project represent by Whitespace Gallery Bangkok
Project Title: “Rice is Art”
The rice that is contained in my display area is the actual rice contributed by my village to support my participation in this
prestigious art fair. It represents the artistic connection between my art and those who support my work, and it emphasizes my
vision of art based on the natural world in Thailand.
In order to participate in this international exhibition, I had to ask for support for travel and production, so I went to my village
friends for help. They are not rich and do not have large amounts of savings – it is a subsistence economy and they live day‐to‐
day, planning and praying for a good harvest this year and next. How can they contribute to my project and support my travel?
All they can give is rice. But I don’t want to take their rice and simply convert it into money that will allow me to produce
another work of art.
I respect their sacrifices in producing this rice; they respect my efforts as the first recognized contemporary artist from their
village. I want them to appreciate and participate in contemporary art, an abstract concept for them and one that they have a
hard time valuing in their world of subsistence living and daily struggles. My life as an artist shares this struggle for daily
subsistence in order to fulfill my vision and dreams. We have much in common and I always want them to know what I am
doing and not abandon them. What I produce may be startling to them so I work hard to explain to my family and friends what I
do and why I am doing it.
Therefore, by using their rice as my art, I am linking the local community with the international art world. Rice IS art.