Pimpisa Tinpalit: Creating a Whimsically Surreal World
A childlike sense of wonder animates Pimpisa Tinpalit’s sculptures. “I sculpt every day,” she says, “and am always excited to find new methods.”
That constant search for the new is found in the unexpected combinations that form the basis of her pieces, from the mix of colors and textures to the role that written language and found objects play. But the most unusual combinations found in Tinpalit’s work are within their subjects.
Using both bronze and fiberglass, she creates a surreal universe in which otherworldly beings merge the characteristics of humans, animals and machines. A rhino’s head might sit atop a woman’s torso or a group of playful animals spring forth from a contraption that looks like an early airplane.
But the artist tempers that aura of the unexpected with a balanced, composed feeling. “Color brings harmony to the forms I sculpt,” notes Tinpalit, and she uses her eye for color to give her works a dynamic flow that keeps the viewer’s eye in motion while bringing all of their various elements together. In addition, the sculptor uses her skill at rendering a wide variety of textures to give each of her pieces a vivid physicality, bringing her fantastic characters to fullblooded life. Inspired by her desire to tell “the story of imagination,” Tinpalit successfully tells that story, and brings the viewer’s imagination into it as well.
A native of Thailand, sculptor Pimpisa Tinpalit is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art with emphasis on sculpture, and has extensive art teaching experience in multiple Thai Universities. Her twelve years as a professional artist have been showcased by several solo and group exhibitions in Thailand, Japan, USA and Australia. She has also produced several public sculptures in Thailand. www.pimpisatinpalit.com