dawn chorus, dusk calls

Dates: 4 August - 6 October 2018
dawn chorus, dusk calls

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. 

Poster Image by Lee Wei Swee and Cécile Paravina