32 pages, 22.5cm x 16cm, hardback, full colour
500 copies, hand numbered and stamped, 100% recycled paper
Publication date: May 2011
Publisher: Erm Books/And Collective
Observable Universe introduces a fascinating new illustrative talent in Thai artist Unchalee Anantawat. Best known to Australian audiences as a member of Melbourne-based audio-visual collective Tape Projects, this marks an exciting shift for the young artist, rendering a vibrant, colour-saturated oeuvre of texta drawings.
Themes of otherworldly intimacy and connection resonate here. Human and celestial forms intermingle and intermesh, technicolour tentacles tickle and entwine and branches sprout skyward from alien mud-men. It’s a fascinating concoction, skirting portraiture, psychedelia and the extraterrestrial.
Printed in a limited, hand numbered edition of 500 hardback copies, Observable Universe is the product of a happily overactive mind.
Unchalee Anantawat was born in Bangkok in 1982 and has exhibited throughout Australia and Thailand as both a solo artist and as part of Melbourne based audio-visual collective Tape Projects. Her work has ranged from temporal, site-specific installations and performances to colour-saturated texta illustrations and she has degrees in Graphic Design from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and in Animation & Interactive Media from RMIT, Melbourne. Now back in her hometown, Unchalee still secretly plans to make her way out into other universes.