“In October 2016, the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, sadly passed away. This was a heartbreaking time for me personally. In conjunction with other tragic events that had been taking place around the world, I felt as though I needed to create work that was cheerful, uplifting and expressed happiness.
According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, taking and sharing happy photos — including smiling “selfies” — can have an uplifting effect on your mood.
Based on this study, I created “selfie sculpture” inspired by many selfie photos I come across online. Generally, most of the selfies photos that make me happy are the ones when people posted with the “V” hand symbol. In Asia, this hand symbol signifies peace and happiness.
My new series of work “Happy Together” was based on this hand symbol, as a way for me to cope with such a loss and try to find peace and contentment. By creating the works, I didn’t just feel happier but I also experienced a positive change in my overall mood; I felt more mindful, reflective and appreciative.
I hope “Happy Together” will have an uplifting effect on the mood of the public as it did for me. ”
— Vipoo Srivilasa
A Thai born, Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist, Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics, exploring culture shifts and migration experiences. His work is a playful blend of historical Figurative and Decorative art practices with a health dose of Contemporary Culture.
Using blue and white colour, he creates complex narratives through highly decorated images applied to the surfaces of ceramic forms. His work requires an intimacy in which the key elements of the drama are often found in unusual places within the forms themselves.
Vipoo has exhibited internationally and loves creating opportunities for artists to collaborate through community based art projects.