IB Visual Arts Exam Studio Portfolio

  • IB Visual Arts SL 
    Artist Statement
     
    A quote which I always keep in mind when making art is by Banksy, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. Creating a piece of art that could spark a revolution or cause someone to change their ideology completely for the better is what I believe to be art worth dedicating my life to, art that matters. My theme is entitled “What I Believe” because each piece I’ve made carries a message which I believe to be just, legitimate, and moral. I want each piece to have a little part of me in it, in the hope of showing the public who I truly am inside and what’s going on in my mind, leaving them craving for more.
    I took advantage of my general theme by making each piece out of a variety of mediums such as a glass city fountain and 2D lungs made out of wires. I try to use size and a shock factor to capture the attention of my audience and spark genuine curiosity within their minds which in turn allows them to ponder and observe the details in order to understand the message behind each piece. 
    My love for a hands-on approach when creating art has instilled a personal ideal within me wherein I prefer to work on a variety of mediums; this is the primary reason why every piece I’ve created during Year 2 is installations or a picture capturing a moment, which is in a sense an installation. I don’t regret spending most of my time this year on installation pieces because the fact that each piece is not meant to stay forever in one specific space for eternity fascinates me, it shows how finite life is and how there is an expiration date for everything living or non-living. 
  • Title: 50 Shades of Me
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: September 2012
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: A3
    This piece is a representation of what I basically have to go through on a daily basis, I put on a mask, I deal with whatever that day has to offer, It might leave me with some bruises, but at the end of the day I simply peel away that mask full of pain and sadness, and throw it away. I then rest, and repeat the whole process over again, and again, and again every day… I believe we are all at least once in our lives, susceptible to a pitiful daily routine from which we hope to one day break.
  • Title: Lamentation
    Artist and model: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Assisting Photographer: Piyanuch (Numfon) Savantrad
    Date of Completion: January 2014
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: 1142 (w) x 2030 (h) pixels
    After Shrey’s death, I was left numb. Shrey was a friend who never judged, always had a big smile, and a very loud enthusiastic voice, even through text messages. When he died, I was left with nothing but philosophy and god to answer my question. “Why take such a wonderful person, and leave the ones that bring hate and pain alive?!"
  • Title: Sanctuary
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: February 2014
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: 40 in2 (area), 80in (h)
    If you have ever lost someone close to you, then you already know how it feels; and if you haven’t, then you cannot possibly imagine it. I believe we all desire a sanctuary in our most vulnerable moments in life, and it’s the reason for which I built this sanctuary of mines. A sanctuary “is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea.”
    Quotes from: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    The photograph is of my dear friend Shreyans Codhry, who passed away from complications due to diabetes at the age of 16, on May 20th, 2013.
  • Title: Proselytism
    Artist and Model: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Assisting Photographer: Piyanuch (Numfon) Savantrad
    Date of Completion: January 2014
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: 3590 (w) x 5760 (h) pixels
    The Ku Klux Klan, Westboro Baptist Church, and Nazi Regime are all the same. They are all dedicated to shoving their beliefs down people’s throats. We live in the 21st century and yet people are still as arrogant, narrow minded, and greedy as people were hundreds of years ago. Why can’t we accept others for who they are as long as they are not harming any other person or living creature? Why? I believe this piece is able to capture the surreal result of when someone is being forced to change their beliefs in order to please others, proselytism.
  • Title: Hierarchy of Style
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: November 2012
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: 200 cm(w), 300 cm(h), 122 cm(depth)
    This piece a representation of my own personal aesthetic hierarchy or my hierarchy of style. What I see as truly beautiful, appreciating that beauty, and what I see as plain boring or sad. I know this might offend some people, or it might be taken the wrong way, but let me plainly answer your questions with “this is my personal style, not yours”. This piece does show some true facts because couture/tailored clothing is the best quality clothing that can be purchased, it is fitted to your body specifically, for you to have in your wardrobe forever. As the great fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent said “Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal.”
  • Title: Appearance Versus Reality
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: March 2013
    Mediums: Mixed Media
    Size: 163 cm(h), 60 cm(diameter)
    "Don’t judge a book by its cover."
  • Title: Fashion Is Art
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Model: Marina Emm Balenciaga
    Date of Completion: January 2014
    Medium(s): Mixed Media
    Outfit Size: 4 (US)
    Recently I have been told by numerous peers of their disbelief about fashion being a form of art, because for them if anything is to be considered a work of art it must be made using mediums such as paint, colored pencils, or crayons, not fabric. Therefore I took it upon myself to find a way to somehow convince my peers that they’re wrong, by making a garment/outfit which would consist of a medium well known in society that is used to make art. I hope that through this piece my peers and others as well who share my peers disbelief, will come to realize that fashion is in fact a form of art and that it requires just as much creativity and technicality as a painting or drawing does to make a beautiful finished work of art. 
  • Title: Life Cannot Be Contained
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: January 2013
    Mediums: Mixed Media
    Size: 280 cm(w), 255 cm(h), 25 cm(depth)
    Living in a hypocritical country like Thailand, a predominant Buddhist country where littering and dumping trash literally anywhere should be illegal, is instead accepted by the Thai society, making me extremely outraged and disgusted. Caring for the environment on a daily basis is extremely overlooked by the Thai society, and there are dire consequences if we do not change our way of life. It seems as though that even simply throwing away trash properly by putting it into a trash bin is just unmanageable by so many people in Thailand, leaving me to wonder if some people even have a proper functioning brain. It is extremely crucial for everyone to always remember that we are all connected to nature, and once we forget that, the world will cease to exist as we know it. 
    This piece was inspired by the quote “’unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not” from Dr. Seuss’s children’s book “The Lorax”. I believe that if we continue to contaminate the environment, one day we will eventually have to begin building our own quarantined sanctuary. Due to our own selfish and careless actions what we think we are building will helps us sustain life, when in fact we are actually building our own coffins. We simply cannot live within an artificial environment we will eventually cease to exist if we do. All living creatures were not born to live in a box, or in this case a light bulb. 
  • Title: Asphyxiation
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: February 2014
    Medium: Mixed Media
    Size: 200cm (h), 160cm (w), 5cm (depth)
    I believe that we don’t remind ourselves enough how beautiful life is and how every breathe is a miracle, because for every cigarette you smoke, you take away one precious day from your finite life…
  • Title: Humanity’s Demise
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: October 2013
    Medium(s): Mixed Media
    Size: 230 cm(w), 280 cm(h), 80 cm(depth)
    Inspired by the animated Japanese film “Princess Mononoke”, I believe that we are bound to nature, and that we can either be its protector or its destroyer. All living creatures are connected to the environment. Except at this very moment we the human race, are the only animals causing the slow death of mother nature which in turn is actually slowly killing us as well. Slashing and burning forests, dumping toxic chemicals and trash into the ocean, destroying the ecosystem, basically non-stop poisoning of the earth. This leaves me to question mankind and our existence, because I really am completely baffled by how we continue to contaminate and kill the only thing that keeps us alive.
  • Title: Venality
    Artist: Watcharatorn (Jack) Bunmapichaikorn
    Date of Completion: December 2013
    Medium(s): Mixed Media
    Size: 90cm (width), 75cm (height), 90cm (depth)
    I believe that mankind has given way to too much corruption, so much that even the environment is able to display certain characteristics that can be linked to the level of corruption in a countries government. Water, the main source of life, a necessity for life, is the environmental factor used in this piece to exhibit how mankind’s selfish actions do not only affect itself but the environment as well. All life on earth will be plagued and cease to exist. Unless corruption and acts of selfishness come to an end in order to focus on maintaining peace and balance between all of mankind and it with the environment. If we do not start now, to radically end corruption and change our way of life. To not only benefit humanity but the environment as well, our last fragile glass wall of hope to change will be shattered forever. Once the wall is gone, there will be no turning back, leaving humanity guilty, for the cause of Earth’s death and the death of all living organisms, including humanity itself.