Installation, 2004, reflective sheets, head lamps, size variable
“For Invisible Lines Supaparinya uses the entire wall space to reinterpret her own compact galaxy. Using a galactic projection for the exact date of the exhibition opening as seen from the compass points in Bangkok, the artist stuck corresponding luminescent dots or stars within the darkened space. Visitors were invited to strap on head torches that were suspended from the ceiling, focusing their light beam to try and identify particular glowing constellations. Projected onto one of the Gallery’s smaller walls, the revolving computer-generated galactic map lends clarity to the spotted skyscaper.
Supaparinya pushes the participatory element further by encouraging viewers to invent and name their own constellations using stickers on printouts, displaying them on the wall when complete. The resulting examples are dominated by childish images of love hearts and teddy bear faces, revealing more about the maturity level of local university students than providing any real philosophical stimulation.
Invisible Lines is a bold artistic endeavour exploring thematic crossovers on several levels, though the disparate practical fragmentation presents a rather disjointed work in the space. This is compounded by the somewhat restrictive scale of the gallery, which impedes notions of humanity that pale against the vastness of nature. Although it wasn’t within the artist’s original exhibition parameters, Invisible Lines touches upon man’s fascination with, and belief in astrological power and the desire to supplement the limitations of our earthbound existence with an intangible abstract power. ”
Steven Pettifor, Asian art News, May/June 2004