About the Artwork : Suea Saming
Were-tiger, which in Thai known as Suea Saming, is a person who could turn into tiger. The beliefs though can be vary in three way as following :
- Suea Saming is a tiger that can assume the shape of a human because it is possessed by a human spirit.
- Suea Saming is a human who, through association with magic and sorcery, can assume the shape of a tiger.
- Suea Saming is an old tiger or old person whose body changes shape by natural cause.
As a Nortern people who familiar with Lanna’s folklore, Pay uses his skill as an artist painting the story to once again be alive and appreciated in society. In this recreation, the artist chose black tiger or “Saming Dum” specifically referring to his home town’s version of Suea Saming’s folklore.
Were-tiger or Suea Saming, which represented by striped tiger, in Thai traditional panting
Get to know the artist Panuwat Kamdee
‘Panuwat Kamdee’ or Pay received a Bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Arts and Architecture, majoring in Thai Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna.
“I was into art since a very young age and drawing cartoons was the gateway”, said the artist. “The more I kept on doing so, the more my creativity and my skills growing. Then it became natural and it’s the way I producing artwork nowadays. Yes, the playfulness, uniqueness, and easy accessibility character of my work are all reflect my childhood”, He added.
Finding the style of art for expression
As new generation Lanna’s people who has appreciated his northern local culture, he has developed his art obsession and skills aiming to deliver to people. Not only the style but also the old traditional technique, he reinterprets the uniqueness and value of his home town’s culture to be more comprehensible.
“Local Thai-Lanna style is the one I chose to deliver my messages. Yet, in combination with the old technique like colored pigment on marl surface is not only serve as cultural preservation but also the perfection of expanding Thai contemporary art”, said the artist. “On the other hand, telling modern or coeval issues by using such traditional medium is what an act of resurrection Local Thai-Lanna style”, He added.
Technique that was carried from generation to generation
Colored pigment on marl surface is Thai know-how technique amongst Thai artisans that has been carried from generation to generation. Originally, this specific technique was used with stucco walls of masonry building for example Buddhist monastery or Vihara and The Ordination hall or Ubosot. The key processes that share in every region including cleaning wall’s surfaces, coating wall’s surfaces with the mixture of tamarind seed glue and marl in three layers, and tempering colored pigment for painting.
Thai tone color pigment
Thai traditional surface preparation : The mixture of tamarind seed glue and marl
Becoming an Artist
From a professor’s suggestion, He at the first time encounter a proper exhibition. “The opportunity I got was the gateway of becoming an artist”, said Pay. He was fulfilled as well as his creativity. “Got to meet people specifically those who admired and appreciated my art work is such a wonderful experience. And exchanging ideas had opened up my perspective toward arts that it is an eternal”, he added. He continually improves his work til he got his recent proud of piece, “Suea Long”. “Suea Long, or in English translation is Lost Tiger, is my masterpiece as I had exhibited in The New Gen Connected Art Fest, Songkhla. Being known as an artist by both national and international is nothing more but pride”, he concluded with heart warming smile.
- Reconnecting Exhibition at La Luna Gallery, Chiang Mai Province
- Art for nurturing at Jai Yong Art Gallery, Chiang Mai Province
- Rahat Thai 2 at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Art Gallery, Chiang Mai Province
- Nan Riverside Arts Space, Nan Province
- “Young Artists Talent 12th” at RCAC84, Bangkok
- New Gen Connected Art Fest at Songkhla Art Gallery, Songkhla Province
- MYTH at Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre, Chiang Mai Province
- Art Thesis Project at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Art Gallery, Chiang Mai Province
- The Best Art Thesis Exhibition 2022 at The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok