Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Art Scene in Thailand, Plus the Start of Yankee Imperialism

A Thai artist recently made the news by using the traditional paint on canvas medium, but using her bare breasts as the means of applying the paint.  Unfortunately, the news coverage of her art focused strictly on the process, and not on the end product.  Duangjai Jansauoni's creative process took place on stage while televised and it resulted in strong criticism from the Thai government, who pronounced it 'very shocking.'

One wonders what Siamese king from The King and I would have said.

Will someday we be able to see Duangjai Jansaouni's paints in the Metropolitan or the Museum of Fine Arts or even the National Gallery some day?





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In a completely unrelated story, here's a claim of the origins of Yankee imperialism: its anchluss over the Republic of West Florida in 1812.

The Republic of West Florida declared its independence from Spain; and was an independent nation for 74 days before the United States moved in.

Interestingly, the BBC article made no mention of the desire by Spain to reclaim its lost territory.  Maybe that it because they don't have the military and naval assets that Britain did when it reclaimed Canada and the Falklands.  

9 comments:

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Really neat. Pouting Pornchita proved a problem. Her look was amazing.

So will we give the Redneck Riveria back to Spain?

Anonymous said...

This has piqued my interest in Thai art!

Clarissa said...

The video was very amusing.

Thanks for the snippet of U.S. history.

Mike said...

Wikipedia has info on - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Florida_Republic

As far as the guy in the article using the term 'we', I doubt if any of his ancestors were around then.

The Bastard King of England said...

I agree with Mike. Sounds like an historical accident or sideshow, rather thsn a real country,

Roly Clu said...

I'd put the paint on her brushes anytime :)

Bilbo said...

And I would be delighted to help her clean them. As to why Spain did not attempt to reclaim West Florida ... would *you* want it? It didn't even include New Orleans, for pete's sake.

The Bastard King of England said...

That was a win-win for the artist and the program. The lady judge acted suitable disapproving. You can bet that she knew that was coming!

bakku-shan said...

A Thai artist who paints with her tits. How artistic!