The human psyche is complex. We often live in our own minds rather than be present in the moment. Intangible thoughts have the power to limit our happiness and success in life. We therefore, become trapped by the limits we allow society to impose upon us. It is these seemingly ‘little things’, that become powerful inhibitors for human beings. Tanapol Kaewpring’s body of work gives form to these abstract challenges by using a curious glass cube in the natural and urban environment as a metaphor for the systems we are constrained by. These boxes can be physical such as a house and an apartment, or symbolic such as the social frameworks of family, religion, culture and politics.
Each cube is situated within specific environments, the beach, the forest, the desert and the city. Confined inside are fire, smoke, light and water. These forces of nature have the capacity for great change, growth and destruction and yet they are still able to be controlled by humanity. Even they have their limits. These elements combined with their settings represent aspects of psychological freedom. If we are able to think outside the box, to break the glass that surrounds us perhaps we could achieve true liberation and happiness.
Kaewpring’s approach is of the personal poetic, of trapped transcendentalism. He uses digital manipulation and post production techniques to create these intense points of meditation. Philosophically he converses with Buddhism (the main religion of Thailand) and Thai culture, as a member of urban middle class who like many of their generation in Thailand question their identity whilst negotiating between tradition and modernity.