Nuttaphol Ma

Nuttaphol MaArtist’s Statement

A dear friend asked me one day,  “How can I make work about life if I do not live?”  This question, as simple as it may be, profoundly affects the way I work. I move though my environment with sound awareness.  I take notes of the mundane.  I record patterns and sequences that may seem a disconnect; however, with time, they re-align themselves under a different context, demanding further excavation.

These abstracted vortices of thoughts occupy my mind. I place my body in spaces where I find myself delicately balancing between the confines of the clocking in and the clocking out, the dreams of leaving and dreams of roots, the longing and not BE longing. Words overflow from these experiences. Like laughters and tears, they flow uncontrollably.  I collect these tearful, at times, joyful words. I restore them into poetry. Poetry roots my artistic works ranging from performances to installations to sculptures. The open-ended interactive works erase the boundaries between artist and viewer. All, telling stories about migration and survival, about power and the abuse of power subjected upon the powerless.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

Born By The River, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Ruins of Daedalus’ Labyrinth, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Calif.

This Land Is Your Land, Lenzner Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif.
In The Red, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

Stitches, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Calif.

LA 2010: Cults, Collectives and Cocooning, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, Calif.
GLAMFA 2009, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.

Party Favors, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles

Fellowships and Awards

Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Fellowship

Emerging Artist Fellow, Pitzer College
18th Street Art Center – Artist Fellow

Walker / Parker Memorial Fellowship


M.F.A., 2009
Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles

Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles

MSc, 2003
Architectural Conservation, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

M.B.A., 1996
International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix USA

B.A., 1994
Economics, University of California San Diego, San Diego