Putting gold on the back of the Buddha


glazed ceramic

Delicate and precarious, ceramic architecture embodies the vulnerability and tensions of contemporary life.  Its Thai title means “to balance”.  The hand-built form offers a richly coloured archive, holding objects in its folds:  Chinatown kitsch and historic Dutch tiles co-exist.  I apply gold leaf and glitter loosely, in the Thai way of putting gold on Buddhas when people go to the temple to make merit.   Instead of making a show of doing good deeds up front where everyone can see, Thai people say: “put gold on the back of the Buddha” – do good behind the scenes, out of the spotlight.