dawn chorus, dusk calls
Shone Puipia’s practice scrutinizes and invents the identities of women, visionary and uncompromising, and composed of a mosaic of emotions and dispositions. He translates these characters into elaborate garments that explore femininity – harmonious, but never straightforward.
In “dawn chorus, dusk calls”, Shone’s creations urge us not just to understand the depths of identity, but to also consider the enigmatic worlds women inhabit. The collection builds upon visions presented in his graduate collection, “The Wild Bunch” (2016). Continuing to experiment with materials and textures, Shone balances a mix of diaphanous femininity and strong sharp lines. It is an exercise of understated complexity. Silhouettes are composed monochromatically, while accents of prints or feather applications add depth to the whole image. He plays with raw “mawata” silk from Thailand – the innermost part of a silk cocoon – enveloping them between silk organza in various pieces. Shone continues to collaborate with Jim Thompson, creating four unique handwoven warp-printed silks in the collection. His women are at times indulgent and overwhelmed by coziness in a feather-trimmed coat, and at times fiery in a sleek ruby eel-skin jacket. They are, as if, ready to take flight.
In addition, the exhibition features paintings by Pinaree Sanpitak and Chatchai Puipia, video work by Vijchika Udomsrianan, and photobook by Lee Wei Swee and Cécile Paravina.