SHOWCASE

/ ARTIST / 2022

BKKIF Artist   Reviews  1
ARTIST: RERUNN
COUNTRY: Thailand
EMAIL: fin.charksmithanont@gmail.com
CONTACT: https://www.instagram.com/rerunn.tribe/
Through time, the rarely seen beauty of the tribes and traditions of the world are disappearing. RERUNN is a mission to preserve the values of the ancient generations through to the future generations by reinterpreting their aesthetic, meanings, and stories.


This series of character illustrations is inspired by the Surma tribe of the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. Found, natural objects are adapted into fashionable wear and accessories, powdered rocks are used for painting their faces and bodies. However, the color restriction to only silver and gold is used to strongly contrasts to the colorful ornamentations of the Surma tribe, as a metaphor for the invaluable cultural creativity and aesthetic.

THE HYPOCRITE 1

The elder oracle has his head adorned by tree branch and vines which are filled with fruits of skull, a representation of the evil thoughts. But on top of them all, flowers grow to cover the lurking evil.

THE HYPOCRITE 2

Flower blooms from the elder’s mouth. Through his years of living, he has learned to deceive the villagers with sweet words for his own good.

THE BOY on the LOTUS LEAF 1

A young boy floats around on his giant lotus leaf with its edge strengthened by bones. His elf-shaped hat and flowing scarfs made from long leaves.

THE BOY on the LOTUS LEAF 2

He flies high with a free spirit, exploring the landscape of the Omo valley.

THE BOY on the WOODEN STILTS 1

A teenage boy uses his equipped wooden stilts, the apparatus which have helped him survived through the harsh, lonely childhood. The lined scarification on his face marks the life he has been through.

THE BOY on the WOODEN STILTS 2

Although the wooden stilts are not as good as the floating lotus leaf, the boy taught himself to use them as if they were an extension of his limbs. They were used for walking through tough terrains and for stick fighting. On this lonely path, his struggle for survival continues.

THE MOTHER and CHILD 1

The mother keeps her new born child in the protective, hard-shell case which seems to be a part of her body.

THE MOTHER and CHILD 2

Worried for her child’s future in the village controlled by the elder oracle, although uncertain and doubtful, she goes on a long journey towards the wind for a better home.

THE SURMA

The four villagers of the Omo Valley go on living their destined lives written by their own backgrounds. The future is yet to be written by their ambitions.

THE PROTOTYPES

3D printed resin prototypes of the three characters, showing their scale comparison and forms against light and shadow.

REVIEW

Hiroaki Shono

Japan
It's a feeling I've never seen before!