Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles . California
Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Nuttaphol Ma
Fractured memories are all I have. They are precarious scaffolds balancing as long as they can.
I have a fear of forgetting. Periodically, I attempt to replay fond childhood memories of my birthplace over and over again. Some wash away into the subconscious liken to the folded paper boats floating down the receding floodwaters of the Chaopraya.
Memories are forms of resistance. They shape who I am, my identity. I delicately mend them, thread them into my artistic works as a process to make sense of the fractured sociopolitical landscape of our times.
I seesaw between longing and belonging – laboring against assimilation, laboring towards an adaptation to a new home.
I am humbly honored to speak at Otis College of Art and Design. “Living with Amnesia: A humble act of sewing fractured memories onto a haunted land” weaves the seemingly disconnected threads – the past, the present, the conscious, the subconscious, the everyday – to talk about my current work, “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots”, and my lifelong work, “The China Outpost”.
Event is free and open to the public.