Pimpisa Tinpalit

Pimpisa Tinapalit is not afraid of anything. Responding to the loss of her father, her upcoming solo exhibition at Grau Projekt, ‘Silence #1.5’, is a discussion of the beauty of death. This series of works explore the metaphysical relationships of composition and material to evoke the idea of mindfulness – a parting gift shared by Tinapalit and her father through their emotional journey of cancer and loss.

Tinapalit describes ‘Silence #1.5’ as a mindful introspection of life, condition and mortality, reflecting on the power and strength of desolation while subtly encapsulating ideas of journeys, ends and new beginnings. The artist explains, ‘To be alone in the world and to be mindful of my emotions is to understand that all metaphysical conditions co-exist, and that death has a beauty in understanding life.’

Influenced by sculptors George Segal and Louise Bourgeois, and painter Yun Hyong-Keun, Tinapalit notes that these artists have shaped her work through their use of  scale, colour, and minimalism, informing her views ‘never to be afraid to learn and always to be prepared to let your art change.’

For Tinapalit, death is not the end but a transformation to a new beginning. From the moment the viewer enters the exhibition, this notion of stepping into the unknown plays out with the taunting seduction of artwork 1.5_1. Comprising five canvases, the work is pitch-black, bound and textured with rope to mimic fear, mystery, strength and authority. Tinapalit hopes to ‘hit the audience with intrigue, and to seduce them to come closer by using composition and materiality, as the theatrics of enticement.’ As you draw closer, the work becomes larger – its intricate details growing clearer – while you become smaller, evoking feelings of trepidation and reverence. Tinapalit says, ‘You know yourself that you are going to go there, to the art, and the metaphor is that everyone has to face death, but at this point in the journey, you have the option to walk away and consider now being careful with your life.’

Mindfulness continues with the work 1.5_2 where you walk through a wardrobe door, forced to enter a pathway of ominous dangling ropes. Navigating through the dense forest of rope, you move from one point to the next, with no going back, edging into the unknown

Encompassing an enormous space, 1.5_3 is a hanging death bed bound with black rope, questioning the significance of a bed in death. In accompaniment are many cast concrete feet representing those who passed before us and those who will pass after us – each journey cushioned by a soft pillow of thought.

Reflecting on the personal resonance of her new series, Tinapalit states, ‘‘Silence #1.5’ has allowed me to explore my intellectual creativity with a freedom of expression, because of the ability to work in such a large-scale space that the gallery offers. By this means, I have been able to create a body of work as a tribute to my father, and everything that he taught me on the beauty of life to have a more significant experience of life. A parting gift from my father is now a gift to the viewer.’

Silence #1.5
4 February – 27 March 2021
Grau Projekt, Clifton Hill, VIC


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