Rattana Salee is an artist from Thailand, born in 1982. She graduated with an MFA in Sculpture at Silpakorn University in 2011.
Marking her debut solo exhibition in Shell (Shocked), the atmospheric sculptural installation comprises metal and plaster architectural structures that reflect the private and communal complexities of urban living. Evidence of supposed progress, the Thai capital has become one vast construction site. The builder’s raucous rattle of drill and hammer shakes almost every street in the city, while inhabitants seek mental and spiritual solace in the claustrophobic rectangular stacks they call home. Within such domestic confines, occupants establish individual expressions as refuge, yet the world beyond continues to infiltrate. Attempting a personal connection with the geographic, social, and psychological framework of the cityscape, Rattana’s haunting sculpted frames evoke the hundreds of decaying, incomplete towers that still pierce the capital’s skyline, residues of economic fallout from the 1997 financial crisis. Her lineal steel carcasses are also potent epitaphs to Bangkok’s recent street turmoil, which left burnt down buildings as disturbing reminders to the fragility of an expanding megalopolis.
The devotion to the medium of sculpture, constant engaging in a dialogue with a vast city space and a focus to the socio-political commentary of a particular cultural surroundings render Rattana Salee’s work to be a paradigmatic representation of an urban art oriented practice.