Typewriter Art Exhibition by: Nutthawut Siridejchai February 19 - March 16, 2016 OPEN DAILY: 9.00 AM - 9.00 PM Opening Date: Friday February 19, 2016 Artist performance one by one with audience: 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm Reception: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm Location: ART SPACE AT SUGAR CLUB WWW.SUGARCLUB.NYC 8118 BROADWAY QUEENS NEW YORK 11373 Curated by: Thai Artist in New York (TANY) WWW.TANY.NYC
I came to New York in 2009 and have not returned to my country ever since. After I arrived, a slice of plain cheese pizza has been my food almost everyday because it was cheap, easy to find, and I don’t’ have a lot of money. Only a dollar would make me survive another meal, but I was unsatisfied. I already have had more than maybe a thousand slices of New York pizza. Food here in United States is delicious, but my brain still craves something, the taste that is stuck inside my head. What I miss the most is my mom’s recipes, Mom’s food on a little table in our old dining room.
I express my story on paper plates that serve pizza, the comfort and iconic food of New York City. Everyone uses paper plates and later composted them. Paper plates as the material in my work represent the state of “come and go”. Such temporality, that these plates may not be used again, is not unlike my status of living in the United States, which is just temporary.
I used a typewriter to create an artwork of my mom's dishes that I yearn for as an experiment to convey my story and permanent relationship with memories. For my family, seafood is expensive; we barely had them at restaurant and reserved it only for special occasions. My middle-class, single mom preferred to get it from the fresh market. She would bring it home and cook for her three kids herself. Every time that I have seafood, it reminds me of her. I use pizza seasoning and hot dog dressing as paint in these artworks, putting it the way I always do, to let Mom know that I have her food in my own way, that it was my choosing to leave for the US.
Another technique that I used in my work, I drew and painted roosters and Thai flowers on the plate over my mom's typewritten food. The rooster and Thai flower designs are the most common print you would find on ceramic and tin plates in my home country, Thailand. We had a lot of these rooster and Thai flower plate at home and used it everyday. These prints remind me of her favorite recipes on our old, generic plates.
I intended to exhibit “Missed Plate Missed Plate” at Art Space at Sugar club because this place is a hub of Thai community or even the diverse Asian community in Elmhurst, Queens. Sugar club, known as the place for everyone coming from Thailand and looking for a job, housing, and authentic Thai food, connects with my artworks as a place and through audience who have the feeling and life situation in common with me.
My art allows me to express how someone in my life is missed in the way that resonates with people who are migrants or away from their family. “Missed” in my statement, it does not mean only missing those you love but also missing the meaning and being mistaken. I use typewriter as a medium; typewritten work allows me to pass on my story to others via words. Words are often mistaken and erroneous, but I struggle to conclude mistakes as right or wrong: They are momentary decisions in which one can often find beauty.