Alice Pung quarterly essay on Vipoo Srivilasa


Alice Pung is a successful author who has written poignant memoirs of her life growing up in western Melbourne as the daughter of a Chinese Cambodian refugee family. In this essay, she trains her literary sights on the Thai-born ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa. What strikes her particularly about his work is the quality of cuteness, which is readily dismissed in a serious art world. Cuteness is a popular dimension in much Asian art. In this essay Pung explores the phenomenon of cuteness by immersing herself in the world of Vipoo’s ceramics, even trying it herself in one of his workshops. This essay is available as an ePub for e-readers or PDFs for printing.

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