Ready to Play is my respond to the two bitterly divided camps that have for years driven sporadic protests in Thailand - the red-shirts and the yellow-shirts.
Symbols series were made during my residency in China at the Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen.
Bloody Bangkok is my respond to the Red Shirts and the Yellow Shirts crash in Bangkok in 2010.
"In his new project Colonies, Srivilasa’s effervescent mermaid, his alter-ego, is our guide to this paradoxically alluring world. In a series of underwater vignettes, she tells a theatrical story of contemporary human impacts upon coral reefs.
In Colonies the mermaid assumes a quieter, frailer role than she has had in his previous work. The flamboyant coral-coloured cylinders that she inhabits seem to dwarf and overwhelm her. The toxicity of human greed and consumption causes her to mutate. Upon close inspection, it appears that she has malfunctioned, forming Cyclopean eyes or multiple heads. While retaining her element of playfulness, her character is also tinged with pathos."
Dr Julia Jones, an independent curator
Colonies exhibited at Surapon Gallery, Bangkok in 2009
‘For the Future’ has evolved from my concern for the coral reefs and eco-systems of Australia and Thailand and the damage that is being done to them as a result of society’s greed and over consumption. I hope the viewer can find humor in the works, despite the seriousness of the subject matter.
The form of this current series is inspired by ceramic figurines of plump Chinese court ladies I saw in the Ming Tombs of Beijing. These figures reminded me of myself and other people around me, the way we continue to over-indulge and over-consume.
The smaller works represent a colony of coral. Coral is made up of millions of small living organisms called polyps, which live in groups called colonies. My coral colonies sit on dinner plates, ready to be served to another type of colonial creature: man!
I hope my work will increase public awareness of the importance and value of living coral reefs and eco-systems and perhaps highlight the issues.
My Self:My Others series is about communication and the way we interact in a world fixated by gadgets and dependent on technology. Srivilasa explores how this essentially impersonal medium can create a false sense of intimacy, how the opportunity for misunderstanding is growing the more we text and the less we talk.
When I took a residency at Pottery Workshop Jindezhen, China, I ran a Monster workshop for Pottery Workshop staffs.
After dinner one evening, the PWS staffs and resident artists came together for about 2.3 hours. I guided them how to make a monster from porcelain. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laugh and we made great porcelain monsters!
I decide to put up a show for all the monsters . However, after firing, some of the monsters did not survive so i came up with the idea of Aftermath. The monster went to a battle.....some loose, some win
Crosshatched was a cross-cultural project supported by the Australia India Council, which aims to promote closer ties between the two countries. Conceptualized and coordinated by Sandra Bowkett (Australia) and by Minhazz Majumdar (India).
As part of the project, Vipoo Srivilasa and a visiting Indian artist, Ms Pushpa Kumari took on the adventure of cross-cultural ceramic collaborations. Both artists were well matched in terms of their expertise in fine line drawing, and their collaborative works—both in ceramic and on paper—reflected their common interest.
Vipoo developed a successful strategy for collaboration: one made the form, on that form the other created the decorative composition in pencil and then the other then filled in the details in cobalt oxide and then this process was reversed.
This collaboration had exposure Vipoo to the imagery and pattern making of traditional India art.
These unique and exciting series of work, created by the employees of Thai Celadon, a family-owned ceramics factory based in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where Vipoo was their first artist in resident. While there, Vipoo was struck by the fragmented nature of the factory where each worker is responsible for only a small element in the final product. Vipoo started hosting workshops which offered workers the opportunity to create whole pieces based on a monster theme.
Launched in April 2009 at Pong Noi Art Space, ‘Monsters by Hands’ featured works with photographic portraits of each worker. Vipoo's stated the theme “Monsters by Hands” to challenge the perception of the typical factory products.
Vipoo also created a reciprocal relationship with the workers as they have helped make his work, and now he is helping make theirs.