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Beyond the Planet Earth

An Outdoor Artist Residency Program with La Wayaka Current in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Beyond the Planet Earth

An Outdoor Artist Residency Program with La Wayaka Current in the Atacama Desert, Chile

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About

Hi, my name is Ponnapa Prakkamakul. I am a painter and a landscape architect based in Massachusetts. 

PROJECT

This project is part of my artistic exploration to create a relationship with unknown landscape by using the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and connect with places. With this idea, I searched for a unique landscape that presents the most unfamiliar environment and I am very lucky to be accepted into the Artist in Residence program at La Wayaka Current 23S located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, a place that represents a Mars-like environment. 

The work done from this project will be shown in Beyond the Planet Earth exhibition at Augusta Savage Gallery at University of Massachusetts Amherst from April 6-30, 2020. https://fac.umass.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=Prakkamakul&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

 ABOUT LA WAYAKA CURRENT

La Wayaka Current is a nomadic arts residency & research project curated in connection to remote natural environments & indigenous knowledge. Working to develop new perspectives through creative practice and critical thought at a time of ecological and climatic crisis. We work together with indigenous groups, communities and individuals living in remote parts of our planet in order to raise awareness, listen and learn from indigenous knowledge in natural environments. https://www.lawayakacurrent.com/about

Location : Atacama Desert, Chile

https://www.lawayakacurrent.com/desert

Residency Period : October 25 - November 15, 2019

Residency Programs 

During the residency, I will have an opportunity to learn about archaeology and native plant, ancestral caravan, Andean astronomy,  local culture of Likan Antai and local agricultural techniques. 

Site and Museum Visit : Ancient Petroglyph, Rainbow Valley, Reserva Nacional de Flamencos, Machuca, Valley of the Moon, Geological Site, Tebinciche Reserve in the Salar of Atacama, Toconao indiginous village, Valley of Jerez, Catarpe Community and River, Museo del Meteorito, Calama Archaeological Museum, Observatory

https://www.lawayakacurrent.com/desert

WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL FUND

La Wayaka Current kindly granted me with financial aid to reduce my residency fee and I received a funding from a generous art patron to support the rest of the program fee. However, I am still looking for funds to support my flight tickets, excursion trips, and art supplies. Your contribution will support me on the following expenses. 

  • Flight ticket from Boston to Santiago $1300 
  • Flight ticket from Santiago to Calama $110 
  • Travel Insurance $100
  • Excursion trip to meteorite impacted site, “Monturaqui Crater” $200 
  • Excursion trip to Lithium harvesting mine $200 
  • Art supplies  $200 

There are a lot of hidden expenses that I will cover by myself such as stipends,  apartment rental, no pay leave from work, and premium payment for health insurance while not working. Your donation will tremendously alleviate my financial situation.

WHAT I WILL BE MAKING

During the residency, I will create a series of mixed media figurative and abstract panoramic landscape of the Atacama Desert. Painting en plein air together with working in the outdoor studio space, I will improvise on mark making with on-site materials such as soil, rust from stone, and local plant material.  The Atacama Desert, with its unique landscape character resembles the Mars, extreme weather condition, distinctive landscape formation, flora and fauna, and indigenous culture that respond to the landscape, represents an ideal subject for my landscape paintings. 

My paintings explore the dynamic relationship between site and self and greater connections between humans and nature. The residency at Atacama Desert offers me a rare experience to observe and utilize exceptional night sky, rich mineral soil deposition, and indigenous culture has adapted to survive the Arid landscape. The isolation and serenity of the desert will also allow me to perceive and reflect upon this relationship internally and externally through my work. Within this environment, I expect to see my new paintings influenced by my evolving relationship with the landscape during the three weeks residency.

ABOUT ME

I am a painter and a landscape architect based in Massachusetts. My work explores the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and connect with my surrounding environment. Through my work, I aim to gain a better understanding of cultural displacement and isolation issues as an immigrant. 

I received a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design where I was granted Lowthorpe Fellowship Award upon graduation. My previous residencies include David Bethuel Jamieson Artist of Color Residency & Fellowship at C-Scape Dune Shack in Provincetown, Residence Lab’s artist-in-residence program at Pao Arts Center in Boston, and Manoog Family Artist Residency program at the Plumbing Museum in Watertown with four paintings in the museum’s permanent collection. My work has also been exhibited in several galleries in the greater Boston area including Galatea Fine Arts, Fountain Street Gallery, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Boston Society of Architecture, the Gallery at Brookline Art Center, and Gallery 263. Additionally, my hybrid digital drawings have been published in the book Representing Landscapes by Nadia Amoroso, the international Journal Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and featured on the cover of the international peer-reviewed design magazine Topos.

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a painter and a landscape architect, site investigation and immersion plays an important role in my work. I explore sites and environments using the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and form connections with my surroundings. My art reflects this immersive experience, engaging with the landscape through the performative acts of searching, studying, and collecting natural materials to paint with, as well as sketching in situ. In the studio I apply collected materials on paper as a painting medium that depicts the landscapes where they originate. These natural materials represent the real colors of the earth and texture of the leaves connecting the viewers back to the site.

During my artist in residence at the C-Scape dune shack in Provincetown, I used groundwater with high iron level to produce rust with various shades to paint with. Rust reacts to different levels of oxygen, moisture, and pH creating unpredictable textures that respond to the physical surroundings. The unpredictable weather of dune environment had an effect on how rust was formed on the paper creating unique textural marks in each paintings that reflect the weather of the day. This painting process not only creates a connection between self and site but also fosters a deeper connection to new places as an immigrant – cultivating a sense of place in a new land through art.

ARTWORK

15"x22.5" mixed media on paper with rust collected from groundwater

Example of Handmade Postcard : mixed media on paper with soil from site
Example of Sky of the Day : one 6"x9.5" pastel on paper
Example of Sun Set at the Dune in Provincetown : five pieces of 6"x9.5" pastel on paper
Example of Original Paint : 8.5"x11" mixed media on paper with soil from site
9.5"x29.5" mixed media on paper with rust from ground water
19"x50" mixed media on paper with rust from ground water
19"x50" mixed media on paper with rust from ground water

Please visit https://pprakkamakul.wixsite.com/pnnp to find more information about my work or follow me on Instagram @giftponnapa

Here are some articles about my work. 

https://provincetown.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20190823/provincetown-compact-artist-ponnapa-prakkamakul-communes-with-dunes

http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-ponnapa-prakkamakul/

http://www.theplumbingmuseum.org/meet-artist-in-residence-ponnapa-prakkamakul/

https://asiancdc.org/blog

http://www.sasaki.com/blog/view/1182/

https://blog.rosekennedygreenway.org/2018/10/26/play-ambassador-ponnapa-a-playful-designer-and-volunteer/

https://vimeo.com/276299671

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story and this project.

Risks and challenges

It is always a challenge to travel to a place with extreme environment and weather conditions. The Atacama Desert is known as the driest non polar place on Earth, the place with highest level of UV radiation on Earth, and, similar to all other desert, has drastic temperature different from day to night. Adjusting to this extreme environment can be a challenging work for human body.

While I was doing an artist in residence at C-Scape dune shack in Provincetown in August this year, the weather was very hot and dry so I drank more water than usual which is 2.5 galloons per day. When I came back to Cambridge, I realized my body had a hard time adjusting back to the weather in Cambridge. I took my body around 3 weeks to adapt and got rid of dehydration condition.

I also will be in a remote area of Chile with limited electricity and no internet access.

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