A+ Works of Art: Garden in the Desert by Mary Pakinee – S.E.A. Focus

A+ Works of Art: Garden in the Desert by Mary Pakinee

d6-G-8, d6 Trade Centre,
801, Jalan Sentul,
51000 Kuala Lumpur

A+ WORKS of ART is pleased to present “Garden in the Desert”, a solo exhibition by Mary Pakinee exploring one’s relationship to the institution of marriage. “As a young child who grew up with soap operas, you will often hear, “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

That sentence led you to believe that ‘Weddings’ and the act of becoming a bride are constructed to represent an ideal life that has already been accomplished. Then you’ll mold your thoughts around weddings and marriages, which are used to emphasize the relationship. You believe it will always be this beautiful and incredible.

But little pieces of you get chipped away by another person. So small you did not notice. You shave minor parts of yourself away so that you will fit together. And then one day you look up and realize, you do not even know who you are anymore. As if you awoke to find yourself transformed into a plant in the middle of a desert. You are not even sure that you are still alive or if you have shriveled up and died.”

– Mary Pakinee, Artist, 2021


Mary Pakinee (Pakinee Srijaroensuk) (b.1992, Nakhon Ratchasima, Northeast Thailand. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand). She graduated from the Visual Arts Department, School of Fine & Applied Arts, Bangkok University. Mary is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the complexities of narrative, information consumption, and perception. She is interested in intimacy and humanity’s relationship. She uses observation-based drawing and realistic techniques to create images and representation in stories.


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