Performance and Video Artist

My Perfect Man

 

It had always been my dream to share my life with a man who provided for me physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Finding this man was very difficult, so I decided to create my own inanimate man who has all these qualities.

I made ‘Som Chai’ not only as a companion, but also as a way of dealing with family and friends’ expectations that I should meet someone. They believed that I would feel more fulfilled and happy once I was partnered.

While making my Som Chai, I wondered: Do we define ourselves through our partner?  Does our partner reflect our self-worth?  How much importance do we place on external factors like looks and wealth? Also, is it possible for an inanimate doll-man to replace our need for a flesh and blood human-man?

After I made Som Chai, I realised I didn’t need a real man anymore. My friends thought he was funny, and they stopped pushing me to meet someone. I could finally relax. I wasn’t a wall-flower anymore. Som Chai fulfilled all my needs, kept me company, held my hand, and made me happy.

 

Making My Man in 12 Easy Steps

Introducing Som Chai to our Perfect Home
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My Man (Som Chai) Early Days in Thailand

On the way to Burma
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Som Chai gets a Partner visa and arrives in Melbourne

My student Ellie : making a baby for Som Chai
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