Bangkok, the vibrant capital of Thailand, is renowned for its vibrant art and culture scene. Among the many exhibitions and art events held in this city, the solo exhibition ‘Everybody / Cries / Sometimes‘ by Thai artist Molly (1984) at Trendy Gallery is certainly one of the most interesting from an exhibition point of view, in terms of interaction with the public. With this exhibition, Molly introduces a new character, Crybaby, into her artistic imagination. An ‘avatar’ with a pop and cartoony flavour. A little girl with a variable appearance, characterised by a dramatic expressiveness and large tears on her face. This interactive and engaging exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in an emotional journey through Molly’s unique and provocative art, exploring the theme of human frailty.
The tour begins on the ground floor of the River – a mall of art galleries, auction houses and antique shops – with the Insomniac installation, a large enclosure made of pillows, inside which is a giant sculpture of a Crybaby, this time blonde and, as always, intent on shedding her tears on the enormous central pillow. The visitors, equipped with a special suit, have the opportunity to enter this white room, somewhat reminiscent of a ‘panic room‘, abandoning themselves to their emotions and crying in the company of other ‘Insomiacs’. At the entrance to the room, in fact, the inscription ‘For the Insomniac only‘.
Upstairs in the Trendy gallery, the exhibition is divided into three rooms – So Do I, So Do You and So Do We – in which the Crybaby character is re-presented by the artist in different media: ceramic sculptures, large-scale installations, paintings and even a digital corner where you can design your own Crybaby.
The exhibition is colourful and fun, while at the same time conveying a very strong message from the artist’s personal experience. In an interview, Molly says she grew up – like many of us – in a society that demands perpetual happiness and hides vulnerability. “Crybaby effortlessly sheds tears, she conveys her pain directly. She is fragile and easily shattered. She is willing to expose her vulnerability to better understand herself.” The exhibition is thus an invitation by the artist not to hide her fragilities, to indulge them, to express them but above all to share them, “because we all cry sometimes.”
The exhibition is open until Sept 30th
Courtesy Crybaby Molly, Trendy Gallery