28 May – 14 June 2008: Rattana Lakhonsri – Home Away From Home

Lakhonsri

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Rattana Lakhonsri’s house like structures, woven from hemp, are inspired by her childhood home in Thailand.  The use of natural fibers allows her to engage the viewer in a sensory exploration of her homeland.

These meditative works invite the viewer to participate in the narrative of village life, its smells and textures.  Rattana’s peaceful work and choice of materials also conveys the message of her forbearers, who taught subsistence farming as well as the need to be custodians of the land.

Trained in Thailand, in 2002 Rattana Lakhonsri received a UNESCO/Aschberg Bursary to complete a residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces.  She now lives and works in Melbourne.