Vipoo Srivilasa / Thailand/Australia b.1969 / Bleach IV 2013 / Jingdezhen super white porcelain, unglazed / Six parts: 13.5 x 7 x 7cm, 12.7 x 7 x 7cm, 11.7 x 7.8 x 7.5cm, 1.5 x 10 x 10cm, 1.5 x 9 x 10cm, 1.5 x 8.5 x 8.5cm / Purchased 2014 with funds from an anonymous donor through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist\

Vipoo Srivilasa
Bleach IV 2013

On Display: QAG, Gallery 11

Bleach IV was created during a residency Srivilasa undertook in China’s historical porcelain centre of Jingdezhen. The town famously produced the porcelain (including the treasured blue and white wares) that became so popular for export to Europe from the seventeenth century, a trade between East and West that Srivilasa finds analogous of his own experience of migrating from Thailand to Australia.

Srivilasa discovered a traditional flower making technique used in Jingdezhen, borrowing the delicate petals once applied to vases to cover the surfaces of his sculptures. Presented on a base resembling a biologist’s Petri dish, this group of works expressed his concern for the environmental impact of global warming on coral reefs. He has left the works unglazed to resemble the stark white of dead coral.

Vipoo Srivilasa’s porcelain works range from utilitarian objects to imaginative figures, through which he references a range of social, political and environmental issues, as well his experiences living and working between cultures and traditions.