"Whispers in the Wind" by Tarntara Sudaduang
“…Some feelings float in the air like whispers of the wind that blows past. They are just a soft sound that perhaps no one hears or is interested in listening to, but I always hear it, when I am awake or dreaming in sleep…” Words of the artist, Tarntara Sudaduang
The artist who recorded the wind
A series of oil paintings with soft, dreamy atmospheres with a girl with bangs carrying a baggage on her journey with her little buddy monkey as the main character. Each piece is like a record in pictorial form of the occurrence in each place in the course of her journey towards the destination. Like before, the works in the “Whispers in the Wind” series are remarkable with the artist’s idiosyncratic manner of painting, that is, soft tones and gentle, light brushstrokes; it is as if in each picture a breeze had left its coating on the surface of the painting, and the embracing wind in the atmosphere has some special meaning.
Although Tarntara’s paintings are defined as Pop Surrealist art, which is a very popular kind of art in the present time, in fact, she often appropriately hints wondrous bits of historical knowledge of ancient tales. For instance, in the works on this occasion, regarding the images of the cute girl traveller and her little buddy monkey, the artist received inspiration for these characters from a record of Tang Sanzang’s journey on the Silk Road from the East to the West in B.E. 1183 (A.D. 646) on which he struggled with all kinds of obstacles to bring the sutras of Buddhism and knowledge of various kinds in the Indian subcontinent back to China to spread them there.
During the time she was creating this series, the artist said that “with this series she got to travel once more”. The places in the works look like a dreamland to which it is not probable for her to travel in real life, but in paintings … she can go anywhere…
The artist believes that many occurrences in life, whether good or bad, are actually part of every one’s journey. In the lives of people, no matter who they are, they are all on their journeys just the same, and sooner or later they must all reach the destination.
Someone said that… the heart of the journey may not be the destination. Instead, it is what happens in the course of the journey that is precious beyond description. From the works on this occasion, the artist can only hope that eventually, with the connections her artworks make to the viewers, they will get to look back and find their own beautiful and memorable adventures.