Gleaming Decay Number 3

Fa Wuthigrai Siriphon, Thai, born 1988



Bamboo, jewel beetle wings, polyester yarn, and metallic threads

Overall: 59 1/16 × 35 7/16 in. (150 × 90 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe 2015 Fund

© Fa Wuthigrai Siriphon



Place Made: Khlong Luang, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia


21st century

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Research Area


Textiles and Costumes

Not on view


Inspired by the tung, or hanging banners in Thai Buddhist temples, this contemporary textile is comprised of woven bamboo reeds, wrapped with dark-colored metallic threads and green jewel beetle wings. The left side of the textile imitates the effects of dilapidated mural paintings through the threads’ natural red, brown, and yellow colors, and recalls the texture of flaking paint. On the right side, the wings of the jewel beetles are organized organically, giving this design an undulating shape that suggests growth.

As part of Wuthigrai Siriphon’s Gleaming Decay series, this work explores the cyclical nature of life and the beauty of decay. He demonstrates the allure of deterioration and decomposition, and how these processes can be indicators for new life and hopeful beginnings.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 115, Connecting Threads and Woven Stories, curated by Caitlyn King '24, Class of 1954 Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 115, Connecting Threads and Woven Stores, Caitlyn King '24, Class of 1954 Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 21 - December 16, 2023.


The artist, Khlong Luang, Thailand; sold to present collection, 2023.

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