Reincarnations (Hopea Sangal and Sindora Wallichii) is the second in Ruangsak’s ‘Reincarnations’ series of works in which he examines species that are now extinct or endangered owing to habitat destruction. For SB2019, the artist selected the Hopea sangal and Sindora wallichii, two species of trees endemic to Singapore and critically endangered. Through his investigative fieldwork, Ruangsak explores the history of two notable examples of these species in Singapore – a Hopea chopped down as recently as 2002, and a colossal Sindora that was cut down before World War II. The artistic re-creation of these trees within these glass vitrines interweaves material gathered from his site visits and documentation.
Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (b. 1975, Bangkok, Thailand) has concerned himself with making the world a better place through his art. Paying particular attention to the zoological and botanical, he produces works that take on a poetic character in the exploration of the relationship between humankind and the natural world. He has exhibited his works locally and internationally, most recently at the 11th Taipei Biennial (2018). He lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.