Gold is an ingrained part of Thai culture, often worn as a symbol of wealth, success and class. Thailand also being a Buddhist country use gold to represent worship, with decedent golden temples housing a golden Buddha.
Adored and glorified in its beauty, the labour and difficulty behind obtaining it is forgotten. These objects are used by my family’s business, they usually appear as worthless and meaningless. By painting them gold and placing them together in the form of a pagoda, I aim to challenge the worship and materialism of gold in Thai culture. It is necessary to acknowledge and celebrate the objects that bring you wealth, often forgotten and overshadowed. Though simple, common and not 24 Karat gold, these are objects to be seen with respect and praise.