An Exploration Of Woman And Her World
Words by CARIS CRUZ
Striking, humorous and intelligent; Kawita Vatanajyankur takes a play at what is now called as abject art, highlighting the female body and its coexistence with domestic objects and space. Her performance-based videography takes us in places we don’t want to visit: the breeding laundry that needs to be hung dry, the dirty corners of the home nobody wants to clean. Instead of using props, she enlists herself as the main character, using her body to showcase ludicrous situations that, if looked upon closely, shows a heavy, unspoken truth.
With a cheeky, perverse inclination, Vatanajyankur suspends her body on the clothesline, falls flat-face on a dust-pan and like a mop, dips her head on the bucket. Her acrobatic abilities are showcased on scale, where she balances a basket of watermelons on her feet, and subjects her lips to acting like a funnel, an ice shaver and a fruit squeezer. But despite these difficult contrivances, Vatanajyankur readily employs her physique to disseminate the chronicles behind these images.
While one may look at her performance as a silent slapstick, hints of human depiction, domestic resilience and gender equality radiate through every frame. The Thai-born, Melbourne-based artist continually seeks domestic scenes to depict with her clever portraits.
Currently represented by the Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Vatanajyankur’s moving stills are featured in many public and private art spaces in the Australasian continent. She has performed solo and group exhibitions in many famous centres, including Beam Contemporary, Platform Art Space, Trocadero Art Space and First Site Gallery.
In Vatanajyankur’s eyes, women are not all about perfection and glamour. She walks away from the chatoyant romanticism of feminine beauty and uncovers the dark layers often ignored by society. Through her photographic work, she brings to light the beauty of a woman’s malleability. Despite exploring themes of devaluation, Vatanajyankur successfully communicates the reality of feminity in a colourful, witty depiction, which is the essence of her craft.