“Hello, my name is Pimon Singhasin. I was born on the 15th of September 1968 in Ubon Ratchathanee province. I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers and I am the 8th. Following in my parents’ footsteps most of my sisters and brothers are farmers. My parents were poor but loving and understood each other very well. My siblings also loved and supported each other. I don’t recall any of us having had any argument.
“Life was so calm and easy going for everyone in the village. People enjoyed living that way. Their happiness in life rubbed off on me and I’d like to pass this feeling on to my daughter and son as well. I met my wife when I was 19 and we married a year later. Our daughter was born 5 years later and our son 8 years later. My daughter seems to like art but my son is more technically-oriented.
“My passion for art and music came from my surroundings. When I was around 9, my sister sang in a “Mor Lam” band, a traditional singing and dancing form from my province. Lyrics are sung in the north-eastern dialect and music is played with traditional musical instruments. I always liked to attend their rehearsals.
“My friends and I put together our own band. We sang and, for musical instruments, would use anything that would produce sounds. People in the village would attend whenever we played and seemed to enjoy the band. In actuality, we made them laugh quite well and we all had great fun! I think this experience led me to really appreciate music, which I enjoy as much as painting.
“I remember the movies people who came with their small truck to the village now and then. They would project movies and would try to sell stuff to the audience during the intermission, usually all kinds of modern medicine. The posters they displayed were beautiful. They inspired my friends and me to draw and paint.
“We kept practicing and even set up a cartoon drawing competition at school. It was fun but I also got into trouble because of this competition. I drew kind of an erotic picture featuring a woman and one of my friends placed it on the teacher’s table without letting me know. Once she found out that it was my drawing, she hit me with a bamboo stick.
“As a Thai woman, she found it very rude and disrespectful to draw that picture and give it to her. This event is still so clear in my memory, just as if it happened yesterday. I understand my teacher’s point of view but that punishment did not discouraging me at all. On the contrary, it makes me smile every time I think about it and I still paint the subjects I want to paint.
“When I graduated from primary school, my parents couldn’t afford to send me to school any longer. But my mother really wanted me to study, so I was ordained a Buddhist novice in order to continue my studies. When I was living in the temple, I painted and drew my favorite movie stars, animals or objects around me etc. I would paint or draw with anything I could find on any kind of surface. I even painted on the walls.
“My aunt was teaching in some high school in Chiang Mai. I moved in with her to study at her high school. I told her that I liked art but she enrolled me in French major. I didn’t have any say in the matter but respectfully agreed. But I didn’t enjoy this. I spent most of the time in the classroom drawing pictures of my teachers. I often went to the Night Plaza during that time. There were many artists who painted there. I liked the ambiance very much.
“I got my high school diploma when I was 18. I moved in with my friends in some dormitory. It was during that time that I failed the nationwide Fine Art Faculty entrance exam. It made me understand that my knowledge of fine arts was basic and that I couldn’t compete with the other students … so I just gave up that plan.
“Next I enrolled in a teacher college, majoring in contemporary design. But I didn’t like this major either. I think I was too young to know what I really wanted to study. I just followed others and studied the same. I studied regardless. The only 2 subjects I enjoyed in the classroom were art and psychology.
“The day time I attended just enough subjects to earn the minimum number of credits required to graduate. The night time I practiced my drawing and painting at the Night Plaza. It was my happy time, an open classroom where I could learn, practice and work on what I loved. I initially painted whatever the customers asked me to, which allowed me to build my skills and earn a living in the process. When I became more skilled I started to paint my way. People then seemed to appreciate what I created.
“I became a big music enthusiast during this time. In my spare time, I played the guitar and all sorts of instruments. I also started to compose songs. I used my life and painting experiences in my lyrics, but the result was quite heavy because of the wording I used. So after launching a few albums, I used the traditional musical instruments from my hometown and concentrated on the music only. It turned out to be quite good. I always turned on my music when I painted in the studio. People would hear and follow the music, then saw what I was painting. They liked it.
“I have exhibited solo thrice, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Starting from my first exhibition, I replaced the canvas with silk. Later I also used cotton and other kinds of fabric. Using silk for my paintings brings back fond memories from my childhood. After a day of labor in the rice field, my mother, like so many other women in the village, would weave silk. She loved her weaving. She did it with happiness as much as many other things in her life. The scene of her sitting at her loom gives me a warm feeling.
“My family, my painting and my music are the most important parts of my life. They’ve grown together and are intertwined. I will continue living my life this way, with my family, my painting and my music. I cannot live without them.
“To me I live with change and movement. Patterns arise, but I do not stop there. It’s more important to move on, to travel all the time in my work. Whether it is music or painting, my work never stays still. Making something out of the old, that is what I like, to mix the antique and the modern, to integrate everything that I experience.
“I like the challenge of combining dissimilar elements, of finding unexpected solutions that make sense out of everything, and then move on. That is what makes work so much fun for me, the way it develops and changes and moves on.
“Like a voyage, the concept is always the same yet always move on. I have compiled an album which I would like to offer to the people to help them both to appreciate my art and to listen to my songs with deeper understanding and emotion. I would like to feel that through my music and my painting I can offer to others myself and my friendship.”
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