Kamin Lertchaiprasert, born in 1964 in Thailand, completed a BFA in printmaking at Silpakorn University. He earned the institution’s Young Artist of the Year award in 1987, and later moved to New York to attend the city’s Art Student League. In 1992, Lertchaiprasert returned to Bangkok, and two years later co-founded, with Rirkrit Tiravanija, the Land Project (now The Land Foundation) and 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit. This involved the conversion of rice fields into a destination for site-specific art and architectural projects, creative residencies, and agricultural and artisanal workshops. He has worked in a variety of media including painting, installation, printmaking, and sculpture. To him, art aims to be the achievement of a greater understanding of oneself, nature, and the world as a whole. Lertchaiprasert is deeply influenced by Buddhist principles. These principles were spread along the Silk Road, starting from the Ganges Valley in India, which is the heartland of Buddhism, and moving to the rest of India, Pakistan, Han China, Korea, Japan and other countries. Lertchaiprasert lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Exhibited: Drawing to Spirit, 1992
The video plays witness to a two year period during which the artist made thousands of drawings and then later burns them all in an exhibition. Through this, he explores the value of art and art making, and whether it resides in the work itself or the process of making it. The visual expression is for him characterized as a dialogue with vital energies of mental and physical life where spirit cannot be divided from morality. Therefore, he considers art’s potential role in a common culture of positive sentiment.
Speaking on creativity and his role as an artist in our society, Kamin Lertchaiprasert says: “The purpose of the activity is beyond self-attachment and gives them the freedom to express themselves and learn to understand life and nature, overcoming their limited knowledge through true wisdom.”