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Image: Anney Bounpraseuth, You Are With Me in Paradise, acrylic on board, 2019. Photo by Simon Hewson
In this exhibition, Bounpraseuth explores the search for meaning from the remains of trauma and grief. Bounpraseuth's art practice is a ongoing re-processing of the loss of a once meaningful faith and most recently, the passing of her dear mother. The title of the exhibition plays with the tense of a Biblical scripture found in Luke 23:43, reflecting the artist's shift from a future focused spiritual outlook, to a new personal philosophy based on Mindfulness meditation's principle of being in the present.
Anney Bounpraseuth is an Australian-born artist of Laotian heritage. Bounpraseuth's art practice reinterprets the matriarchal traditions passed down to her through painting, textiles and craft methodologies, as a way of asserting self-determined identity. After leaving a strict religious faith of many years, Bounpraseuth's current work shifts representations of Paradise into the present, in order to visualise a spiritually meaningful life in an irreligious context. Bounpraseuth often uses reconfigured fabric remnants in paintings and textile works that function as both a literal and symbolically reparative reconstruction of identity.
This exhibition is presented in celebration of International Women's Day.