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July 29th, 2010

Artist Talk "Breaking out of the Cocoon, Growing out of Rice" by Montri Toemsombat

Artist Talk "Breaking out of the Cocoon, Growing out of Rice" by Montri Toemsombat0

The Jim Thompson Art Center cordially invites you to attend the special preview and artist talk (walk)

“Breaking out of the Cocoon, Growing out of Rice”


The recent works of Montri Toemsombat

Thursday 29th, July 2010 at 16:00-17:00

WilliamWarren Library and The Jim Thompson Art Center


(Exhibition will be held on 30 July – 19 September 2010)Montri Toemsombat will give a talk which will cover his works over the years and development of his work and historical background. Montri was also the recipient of a James H.W. Thompson Foundation scholarship (2008-2009) conduct research relating to the Silk Road which is the idea behind this exhibition. The lecture including with slide multi-vision.

For more information and reservation,

Please contact Khun Somsuda Piamsamrit,

Educational Program coordinator, at The Jim Thompson Art Center.


Tel:02.612.6741 Email:




About the exhibition:

The exhibition “Breaking out of the Cocoon, Growing out of Rice” presents the recent works of Montri Toemsombat, a contemporary young Thai artist who has gained prominent recognition for works including those incorporating rice as one of the medium.  The sculptures, installation art, videos and photographs displayed in this exhibition were all made by the artist from leftover materials provided by the Jim Thompson Factory in Pakthongchai District, Nakornratchasima Province.


For this exhibition the artist invites viewers to enjoy a compilation of artworks created over the past decade from diverse natural materials.  They reveal his perception of harmony as the essential factor bonding together life, society, culture and nature.  According to the artist the lessons obtained from experiences can be transformed into elements that constitute a meaningful life.  Inspired by nature and social political situation, he sees an analogy in the flight of the moth as a revolutionary phase evoked by its breaking out from the protective cocoon. And, he also interprets as a declaration of freedom the act of rice securing its young root in the earth while thrusting its first young leaf into the sky.  The artist views these two natural phenomena as related to the nurturing of motherhood and the support of fatherhood which are the basic elements of humanity. 


About the Artist:

Montri Toemsombat was born in 1975 in Chaiyaphum Province.  He studied visual arts, specializing in Inter-media Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University.  He graduated in 1998.  His debut artworks often use natural materials, such as rice and silk as the key components.  A young rising artist, his extensive portfolio covers sculptures, installation arts, photographs, improvised arts and videos.  His nationally and internationally exhibited works are widely acclaimed for their creativity and distinctiveness.  His solo exhibitions include: Cocoon; the Renaissance (Ayara Hall, the Jim Thompson House, 1991), Fake Me (The Japan Foundation Art Gallery, Bangkok, 2002), New Fashion Order; Dissolution (Installation/ Performance, RMIT Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2005), Rice/Life, Ever-Presence (RoomX, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, 2006). 

He has also been invited to join in several international exhibitions, namely: "The 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale", Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in 1999; “L’Art Dans Le Monde”, Paris, France;  “Biennale Internationale Design 2000”, France, 2000; "The 1st Tirana Biennale", Tirana National Musuem, Albania; the 5th Art Workshop with Khoj Workshop, Modinagar, New Delhi, India, 2001; "Under Construction; The New Dimension of Asian Art",  the Japan Foundation Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2002; “Dreams and Conflicts", Thai Pavilion, 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Venice, Italy, 2003; ARS 06, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, 2006; Soka Contemporary Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, Busan Biennale 2008, Busan, South Korea; Jakarta Biennale 2009, Jakarta, Indonesia; and Basel, Switzerland, 2009.  Montri is a recipient of various artist residency and research scholarships, and international awards, such as Young Fashion Designer Award, Bangkok International Fashion, 1999, Japan Foundation Fellowship Program, Japan Foundation (Affiliated with Fukuoka Asian Art Museum) Fukuoka, 2000, Artist in Residence at La Cite des Arts, Paris, 2007, the James H.W. Thompson Foundation Research Grant, Bangkok, 2008.  Today Montri lives and works in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi.