-“My artwork cannot change the world, but I hope to help uncover positivity within individuals on a small scale, by example, through the mechanisms of art and unwavering positive engagement." –Pairoj Pichetmetakul
-The Positivity Scrolls is a project by Pairoj Pichetmetakul, a Thailand-born artist currently living in New York City. The project utilizes socially inviting plein-air portrait painting sessions to create temporary outdoor art spaces that are free for open participation.
Pichetmetakul's original portrait subjects for the project were homeless persons he would encounter outdoors in urban settings. He begins each portrait session by asking permission to paint a likeness of the person, and then strikes up a conversation with the individual throughout the session. As the portrait develops, Pichetmetakul draws out the story of the person as well, gently inquiring about the person's history and the circumstances to what led them to where they are now.
Much of this dialogue is recorded as written text alongside each portrait, which are kept as a continuous large scroll of heavy-grade paper, creating a long form illustrated journal. Since the project began in the Autumn of 2013, Pichetmetakul has made roughly 200 large and medium scale portraits. The project has expanded it's scope to include street vendors, street musicians, shoe shine workers - a survey of the everyman on the streets.
Pichetmetakul often seeks to highlight the unnoticed and overlooked with an intention to inspire others, raise esteem, change expectations & preconceptions, and reveal histories. Says Pichetmetakul, "My artwork cannot change the world, but I hope to help uncover positivity within individuals on a small scale, by example, through the mechanisms of art and unwavering positive engagement."