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5 Creative Questions with… Anney Bounpraseuth

I met multidisciplinary artist Anney Bounpraseuth at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art where a dazzling large-scale work of hers was on the wall. The piece in group show A Soft Touch was a jaw-dropping textile work, the scale of a mural and lovingly detailed with appliqued elements, bodies, typography and more. It is visible at left in the photograph in this review of the exhibition by Arts Hub.

Anney led a tie-in workshop called Unforbidden Fruit in which we idyllically sat around painting tropical fruits onto white platters, and eating the fruit. It was heavenly (even though despite my Thai heritage I would struggle to say I find durians heavenly). Anney took us throgh the sensory experiences of the fruits and the joys of them. I'm looking at my partner's platter right now, still proudly displayed in our kitchen, at the way he innately has a beautiful sense of composition. Maybe it's because like Anney, he loves to cook and loves fruit.

Anney Bounpraseuth. Image: supplied

Anney Bounpraseuth is the 36th in my series of creatives to take five questions.

When my creative process is stuck, I reach for... Creativity to me is expansive so when I'm not drawing, painting, or stitching, I'm taking in the world and allowing my imagination to make connections that will eventually take shape. If I'm not making art, I'm planning art programs, putting together my outfit, cooking with what's on hand, or plotting my next milestone. The only times I've ever truly been stuck have been mental health crises where creativity was what I reached for to become unstuck.

The weirdest thing about being a creative human is... when I produce something I dislike, I'm disappointed in myself. But when I produce something I think is wonderful, I'm surprised and attribute it to something magical and mysterious outside of myself. Conflating confidence with conceit is something I'm trying to unlearn.

The most unusual object in my house is... a black satin top hat that I had custom made to complete a "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" inspired costume that I wore to see Shania Twain in concert. I also have a jar of purple and gold confetti that I saved from a Prince concert in 2012. I give it a rub every now and then for a happy feeling.

I celebrate my achievements by... I was a Jehovah's Witness for 30 years and we didn't celebrate anything! Being free is the celebration! I don't consciously celebrate my achievements but when I'm in a good place, I do invest in good quality electrical appliances and I love indulging in an elaborate cheese board.

Something in the world that already exists that I wish I had created is... Envy is a waste of time and energy; these things are invaluable resources for an artist. Focus on making the work you've always wanted to do and try taking pleasure in it.

Find out more about Anney Bounpraseuth on her website Anney Bounpraseuth and follow her on Instagram: Anney Bounpraseuth (@anney_bounpraseuth) • Instagram photos and videos. Anney has work on show at Hazelhurst Arts Centre until 9 July.

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