Discipline: Visual Art – printmaking

Bundith Phunsombatlert

Discipline: Visual Art – printmaking
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2011, 2022

Bundith Phunsombatlert is a New York-based artist born in Bangkok, Thailand. His projects trace the unseen paths of immigrants and their immigration stories through real and imagined landscapes.

He has exhibited work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; Guangzhou Triennial, China; National Gallery, Thailand; Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia; and International Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, among others. Phunsombatlert received an M.F.A. in digital+media from RISD, and a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in printmaking from Silpakorn University, Thailand.

At MacDowell in 2011, Phunsombatlert worked on drawings and prints on description of three projects: the project about migratory birds, Digital House, and Glasses of Water.

In 2022, Phunsombatlert worked on an ongoing cyanotype project: “Sunny Garden in Blue: Stories from the Caribbean to Brooklyn.” “Sunny Garden in Blue” builds upon a workshop inviting senior Brownsville residents to create personal cyanotype “gardens.” In developing relationships with participants, he discovered many of them were immigrants from Caribbean countries. This inspired him to collect stories of their journeys to the U.S. represented in digital and cyanotype as an artist’s book. The project pairs specific plant cultivars and scientific details alongside drawn portraits of the participants with personal stories of immigration, transition and colonization.

“Sunny Garden in Blue” will be a part of his exhibition, supported in part by Brooklyn Arts Fund, at Brooklyn Public Library (Central) in the beginning of 2023.

Studios

Nef

Bundith Phunsombatlert worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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