Putting gold on the back of the Buddha

2019

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.