UOB Museum MACAN Children's Art Space Commission by Thailand-based artist Mit Jai Inn.
25 Oct 2019
Color in Cave is an immersive installation created by the artist Mit Jai Inn, especially for children. Step through the cave’s opening and enter a world of creativity – paint and color, to your heart’s content. Color in Cave is a space that comes to life through interaction. It explores ideas of home and the beginning of life, a warm space in which we can float freely - a place where we can develop powerful perceptions and sensations of our surroundings and of the outside world. A space in which we can focus and explore our inner consciousness.
Caves are shelter, often sacred, ritual sites, where all life forms leave their own patterns and colors. Art history begins its narrative in the cave. We might think about images such as the outlines of hands or herds of animals as well as more abstracted markings on a cave’s wall.
The artist invites you to enter, to express yourself freely through activities of mixing color, pasting and composing shapes, painting on the cave walls and soft stones, scribbling with color fossils, adding to the marks of others and reading special messages from the artist.
In his own practice, Mit is interested in when a painting becomes more than painting – when painting can facilitate an awareness of a shared environment. He is also interested when the act of perceiving color is not about the eyes, rather, it is about feeling a consciousness of light, its rays and vibrations. To the artist, consciousness is full of color.
The materials and paint utilised in Color in Cave has been supported by Tesla Paints, who have created a specially customised palette of color for Mit Jai Inn.
About the Artist
Mit Jai Inn was born in 1960 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he currently lives and works. He studied at Silpakorn University, Bangkok and Vienna’s Academy of Arts while working as an assistant to the artist Franz West. His paintings were unstretched and unframed, brightly colored, mostly two-sided, touchable works that populated galleries but also public spaces, taxis, private apartments, and which he often used as a trading currency. Since returning to Thailand in 1992, Mit has been involved in socially and politically engaged art initiatives. He was a co-founder of Chiang Mai Social Installation and was involved in the Midnight University and The Land Foundation. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia, SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from 1980s to Today at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, amongst others.
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