"Nok aka Chutima Kerdpitak is pursuing the meaning of ‘life’ and ‘money’ with her forthcoming exhibition by leaving imprints of her viewpoint on her installations and two dimensional works. Over the past seven years as a Thai immigrant in the UK, she has been investigating the cause and effect of her personal life circumstance; observing the ‘marginal side’ of society within her surroundings from both her motherland and new home.
Nok, through her work encourages individual spiritual-freedom to replace conformity and our society’s urge for a sheltered and streamlined way of living. Even if material and spiritual-freedom are closely bound up with one another, Nok feels that economic forces strangle the individual as they necessitate instant life-style decisions based on peer pressure; social forces and inherent expectations that many of us are not conscious of. She observes that in some cases spiritual freedom is either unrecognised or overshadowed by the belief that material wealth will ultimately lead to happiness or a sense of superiority.
Her ethic lies in the conviction that a truly happy individual can generate spiritual happiness within others; henceforth believing that changes are possible is the beginning of possibilities. The physical condition-truth of life and economic circumstances illustrate similar scenarios as to how our lives fall into place across the world. The paradox between the essence of life and the fundamental nature of money questions the balance of both physical and social survival.
Even if Nok creates her works spontaneously, all are accompanied by her sarcastic voice. She playfully builds her constructs by assembling disparate objects. This body of work is architectural in nature, yet all pieces convey the prevailing conditions of our industrially dominated culture and collective need for shelter. She addresses a vast array of issues; for instance survival, life conditions, immigration hardship, over-education, social identity and the manipulation of the marriage of convenience, along side this a constant requirement of achievement." Red Gate Gallery
©2009 Chutima Kerdpitak