With 29 days to go until the Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries closes, we reflect on this year’s exemplary selection of projects created by a dynamic array of international practitioners. Today, we shine a spotlight on Bangkok-based artist and designer Sanitas Pradittasnee. A founding member of Sanitas Studio, she works with a team of architects and landscape architects to create pieces inspired by social context and in-depth cultural research.
Pradittasnee’s longlisted sculpture, KHOA MO (Mythical Escapism) explores the notion of being and non-being. Intrigued by the philosophy of “the impermanence of things,” she uses video, installation and sculpture to question social systems, the meaning of civilisation and the decline of society. The title KHOA MO derives from a type of Thai art dating from the Ayutthaya period, which is concerned with the replication of nature and the desire to be free from suffering.
A celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. The award invites artists to submit work into any one of the following four categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.
Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton (£250 for main prize winner; £150 for student prize winner).
Entries are open until 31 August 2015. Register your artwork at www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize.
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1. Sanitas Pradittasnee, KHOA MO (Mythical Escapism), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.