Keep your eyes peeled for the installations of Sanitas Pradittasnee, an emerging young Thai artist whose deeply spiritual works are influenced by the Buddhist philosophy that preaches “the ephemeral nature of things” and the form of nothingness. Sanitas comes from a background in landscape architecture, and has sought from the beginning to amalgamate the sociality of the built environment with aesthetic expression. After practicing as a landscape architect for four years, she pursued a master’s degree in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and has since embarked on a distinctive approach that marries sculptural space and collective public memory.   

Her latest work, Khao Mo (Mystical Escapism), draws on the notion of rest and respite from the breathlessness of urban life. Khao Mo refers to a Thai artistic philosophy that originated from the Ayutthaya period in the 14th century: it theorises that paradise is symbolically represented by humanity’s replication of nature, while assuages the desire to be free of suffering or contentment. Incorporating soil, moisture and mirror boxes into her installation, Sanitas urges viewers to wander into the “khao mo” – a sanctuary she has created for everyone and anyone who wishes to find nothingness within a world characterised by emotional attachment. 

Images courtesy of the artist.