A suite of Giant woodcuts by Ralph Kiggell
12 September 2020 – 15 November 2020
Toot Yung art center, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Opening reception Saturday September 12, 2020 from 5pm
Kiggell will be residing at the Toot Yung art center in August of 2020 to produce an exclusive suite of giant woodcut prints. With a special focus on natural materials sourced in the region, he will be working on “Saa” handmade paper from SP Studio, Lampang, and will be guided for his natural dyes by Chiang Mai artisans Slowstitch Studio. This fruitful collaboration will result in giant woodcuts exploring the many poetic, symbolic and ecological aspects of the jungle.
In this suite of prints, Ralph Kiggell enters the forest of his imagination, to create a sequence of giant print-collages made from papercuts and carved woodblocks, monoprinted by hand onto huge sheets of saa paper. Kiggell loosely references folk woodcuts from Europe and Japan, and Ramakien illustrations in Thailand to make his depictions. Using natural pigments and dyes, he works in black, green and indigo, to print a mass of abundant vegetation, where, among trees, lianas, flowers and by a waterfall, we see images of figures, animals and birds. In the pools of darkness and light, who are the hunters, who are the hunted? But within the fantasy, the overriding story is about an earthly paradise that we know may already be lost.
TOOT YUNG ART CENTER
Open by appointment:
74/3 MOO 4, KILEK, MAE RIM DISTRICT,
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND 50180
+66 8 49 14 54 99 (ENG)
+66 8 63 12 13 77 (TH)