In our hectic everyday lives, we humans spend the majority of our time thinking about
business, worrying about money, and daydreaming about a future that hasn’t yet
arrived. Have we ever taken the time to pause, ponder, and ask ourselves this simple
“What exactly is human life?”
Since Chaowut was still a teenager, he had the opportunity to see an exhibition of real
corpses that revealed the layers of muscles, organs, and internal system processes.
He was intrigued by the aesthetics of anatomy, but he began to wonder about the body’s
deterioration and metamorphosis. He also raised questions about human existence, such
as “What exactly is human life?” “The body, ideas, memories, and perceptions…Is this
really what it means to be a human being?” and “Will our identity still exists if those
Those questions motivated Chaowut to seek answers from diverse realms of science,
philosophy, and religion. As the years passed, life experience and thought crystallization
led Chaowut to answer that, indeed, the end of all things is nothing.; “Anatta” means
there is no unchanging, no permanent self or soul in living beings and no lasting essence
according to Buddhism.
Naked exhibition challenges viewers to question the closest thing to us, “life,” through a
five-step journey that will bring you to investigate the unavoidable truth that all existences
must face, which is “Deterioration” at the level of identity, skin, muscle, bone, and
abstraction. Inside the exhibition, portraits and anatomy of both people and animals are
shown to emphasize the equality of all creatures. Minerals and abstract shapes are
incorporated into the artworks to symbolize the decay of organisms that have become
minerals and the origins of life. It cycles back and forth into a birth-and-death cycle.
Chaowut’s artworks mix painting, sculpting, and handicrafts with a variety of printing
innovations, a method he has mastered which has won international competition to
create one-of-a-kind artworks and a brand-new realm for viewers to explore.
As we enter the exhibition, Chaowut invites the audience to leave the frenetic world
outside and have a conversation with themselves. Perhaps you will think of a “question”
that you have never considered before and come across an “answer” that you did not
expect, and it could be the response that changes your perspective on life.