Who would believe that the power of heartbreak can lead one ordinary man to be one of the lead calligraphers in Thailand Sorravis Prakhong or Aum is the calligrapher who graduated from Silpakorn University, Thailand, in Jewelry Design major. Although he was disappointed with his love, he changed it to be the fire of his life for doing this creative thing. Starting from expressing himself through words and letters ollow by relating it to some issues or places. This eventually led him to find that there are thousands of messages he wants to communicate to this world. Let’s more about this creative Thai calligrapher through this interview together.
1. What has led you this type of art?
“I am a person who has had good handwriting since I was young hen I joined a handwriting competition, I was in the highest rank. However, I never thought about it my main career I met one senior in my university. Her name is Mushroom. At that time, she was very good at calligraphy and also a professional calligrapherwhile it as my hobby. However, this led me to try. Plus, when I was disappointed from love, it led me to be more focused on calligraphy until now t is my main work.”
2. D heartbreak that time also inspire contents for your calligraphy?
“Let’s say that it become a fire that pushes me to do something. My mind was a mess at that time. But when I start to write something, I find that there are lots of issues that I want to communicate through calligraphy. It is like expressing myself at once.”
3. Do you think this kind of medium can efficiently convey your message? How do you deal with criticism of your artwork?
“I feel that as online is more worldwide I go to paint walls for taking a picture and posting it online. However, I also expect something onsite from what I paint. It is like I’m working with the context. Although I didn’t ask people around the site how they feel about my painting, I feel that it works. Tak my work at Sansab canal as an example f you travel by small boat on Sansab canal, you know that the water always bounce your face. So, I just write the message “Be careful of the water, but keep calm, you’ll arrive soon!” in Thai language. It seems like I know and understand the problems in that context and aim to make people who read it to smile. That's it!. I also paint public tiles. It is like a trap. I just try to write something simple but creative and make people smile.”
4. In your perspective, is the difference between using calligraphy and using graffiti pictures such as characters to communicate to other people as other graffiti do?
“y mind always confuses why I need to write beautifully if the message is already strong by itself. However, I view it as one of my challenges that I want to find new possibilities to create my work. I just want to see how much fantasy that Thai language can be. Although fantasy styles might lead people to feel that it is hard to read, for me, hard to read means that people will spend time watching my work longer.”
5. There’s a lot of pressure on artists to create and deliver new work. For you, does that pressure get to you? What type of pressure?
“I pressure myself that I should be more developed. It seems like I don’t have new styles and new media. Also, I don’t force myself to try to seek new media. However, sometimes it is just in the working process that when it is not beautifully complete yet, I don’t want to publish.”
6. How do you manage those pressures?
“Actually, I think this is bad characteristic that I always make pressure for myself but d do anything about it after. I just throw it away and take a break by playing games, watching movies, and traveling. I just feel that I just left it and didn’t try to do anything. I always bring sketchbooks with me so that when the ideas popup, I record .”
7. Describe your style of work. How you manag your style?
“I feel that I always focus on the gap between letters and the curve in order to make it smooth. I don’t try to keep style but I feel that when I do something, I cannot let it publish without checking these things.I am always automatically. However, I’m okay with being like this.”
8. How do you see yourself as an artist?
“. First of all, I see myself as a calligrapher. However, when I lack confidence, I try to be proud and be selfish that “yes, I’m an artist.” So, it also depends on people who I meet. Some people might be jealous me if they see I proud myself”
9. creative ideas do not popup as you plan, how you manage it?
“Actually, for customer work, I don’t have many problems because customers always identify what they want. Let’s say that the customers help develop myself. They always come with interesting concepts. However, I also plan to avoid receiving the work in the same scope because I want to develop myself with new things and see it as my challenge. For example, there is a customer who assigned me to do English wedding logo in Chinese style. So, I have a chance to try chinese brush and learn chinese brush skills. I learn how I can adapt it with my work This helps me develop myself.”
10. But, don’t you think that it is a challenge to the same calligraphy words different?
“I think this is also a challenge. There are many ways to work. For example, when I want to write an ‘s’ letter, there are a lot of possible ways to write this letter. I think it is a fun part of making calligraphy. Plus, although it is the same word, I can choose how to use it in different ways. I feel thankful to my customers that always give me weird concepts help me to have better skills with more stock of letters.”
11. “Starving Artist” What do you think about this ?
“I think there are no starving artists in this era because the internet people to make money and support each other. It connects peoplewho like the same things. Not only people in the same city, same province, and same country, but worldwide. For example, if we dream of having a big project but don’t have money, we can find teams through the internet. Also, we can try to attract investors who seem interested in our project. Or, if I want to do something small, I will try to find people or fanclub who like my work. Maybe, I’ll start by giving them my products for free. So, I think if you are an outgoing person or, at least, you try to interact with others, you won’t starve.”
12. As you said that new technology and the internet leads to more connections between individuals, how do you use it to integrate with your artwork?
“Actually, I don’t use it much. I just think that using nstagram is enough for me, In my point of view, I think having a website or mainstream is enough. Interacting face to face as a person is better.”
13. How you start making money from your calligraphy work?
“I received a chance from my senior. They saw that I d it everyday and I reminded them when they were young. So, they just ask me to join their work, such as painting the restaurant. Starting from being their helper. Then, I start making money and continue painting. However, connection is also the significant thing. When I am in an arts university, there are situations when seniors pass their work to junior when they are busy. I’m also the one who received the chance to do calligraphy for cards. After I did this job, I met more people. Moreover, when I posted my work online,it led to the word of mouth that Sorravis is doing this. This helps give more work to me. Then it continues to begin a loop.”
14. What most of your work inspirations come from? Do they reflect your life, environment, or if not, what they reflect? How?
“It's based on myself. It's just what I have experienced. It can be what I feel at that time. It can be about quotes in movies I watched. It can be a political issue, love issues, or even about places where I go.”
15. Did ovid situation impact your work? If yes, how?
“First of all, my work has been cancelled. But, it also gives me time to think about the process of my work. It is like I have my own album, there will be one period that I pressure myself find unique styles or themes for this album. Before that I practiced writing many styles. Curve and arch styles are also examples of styles that I define as my first album style, but I’m tired with them already. So, I just need to find new styles for my new album. I also think that ovid gave me a break think about new ideas and new styles for my new album. What’s more, this long break also led me to into gamer society found out that games streamer is also a career that can make a lot of money. Thus, this gives me an idea that if I’m an artist who is addicted to games, it will be so relaxing and fun. Also, games streamer can be my part time job.”
16. What is your big challenge being an artist?
“It might be about having a position in society. I have my own thoughts that whatever I do, there will be society about it. The same as art society, having a position in art society leads me to always receive some expectations from both other people and myself. However, I think they are both my pressures and challenges. Every society has both people full of ambitions and with saturation points.”
17. So, do you think that you will reach saturation point in one day or not?
“I think yes. One day that I reach a saturation point that gives me a perfect routine and able to make money at once, I will be a gamer. Maybe, I can find a way to sell the copyright of my work.”
18. What is your goal for your art? How do you plan to achieve it?
“ I used to question about whether I do art for happiness. Actually, not. I do art to make more money. My plan is mak money for invest in my future big project. I also plan to collaborate with other people and to know others as much as I can. The most important thing is that what I do can generate money.”
19. What is your process for creating one artwork?
“As I told you before that I compared my working process as making a single album. So, I need to find new ideas, new styles, and new possibilities for my next album. For example, in one period in the past I always used the soldering iron pen technique. Later, I used a cut head pen. After that, I practie chinese style. So, although it might me pressure sometimes, I enjoy it.”
20. you see yourself in the next 5 years?
“I just want freedom creat art. There is a senior artist who I know. He is professional in his artworks and also being a gamer. He inspires my next 5 years’ goal. n the way to reach my goal, I think I need to create a “wow” project that brings me to a saturation point where I can relax. So, I need to be hardworking.”
21. Do you have future plans or projects to share with us?
“I dream of having a solo exhibition. Every person who works as an artist dreams about it. I view my working process as I am a singer wants to have my own big concert. But, I don’t want to
22. Do you have any guidelines to share with people who want to work in calligraphy?
“This is what I always reply to people on my nstagram that you should see a lot of works and just copy them. Let’s copy until your skills are professional. The reason I told them this is because seeing a lot of work can help you differentiate good bad work. So they can choose the right one to copy and practie by using it reference. The reason that someone takes lots of time to practie might be because they choose the wrong reference to practice. They practie the wrong point. You can also pick some works from the internet. Take it as your teacher. I also do this until I skills. When you have skills, other things will follow. If you want to walk this way, you need to always try to find new ideas and references to practie. Also, try to bring one sketch book everywhere you go. So that, when cool ideas pop up, you can memorize them.”