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Irregular Dodecahedron
Irregular Dodecahedron

Tawatchai’s artworks play with our perceptions of volume, space, time and physical balance, challenging our expectations of what sculpture is. His pieces create tensions between object and absence, making empty space an integral element of his work. He plays with both formalist elements and the physicality of his materials. Tawatchai uses furniture and objects to explore the relationship between two- and threedimensional space and to question how our perception of an object is governed more by what our eye sees than what our brain knows to be true. The artist will employ complex mathematical calculations to generate forms, but then he often designs and constructs them without the aid of modern technologies. His practice regularly makes references to cartography, astronomy, and cosmology as well as Buddhist philosophy.

Teak wood, brass
99 x 60 x 140 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Tawatchai Puntusawasdi
About Tawatchai Puntusawasdi

Tawatchai lives and works in Chiangmai. His sculptural forms skew and contort visual reality, challenging conventional notions of perception and objective understandings of the physical world. Working with ordinary materials, including hardwood, slate, organic fibres and various types of metal, the artist promotes a heightened awareness of space, encouraging the viewer to acknowledge the surrounding spatial field as an intrinsic part of the work itself. Tawatchai often cites his interests in navigation, cartography, astronomy and historical understandings of the universe, and uses complex mathematical calculations to generate forms, which are then designed and constructed without the aid of modern technology. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Chiangmai University, and then his Master’s at Silpakorn University. Tawatchai has exhibited in Japan, the US, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and across Southeast Asia, at the Venice and Sydney Biennales and has twice been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.