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Let’s get to know you! Mackcha, a young female artist who sold the character Chalotte for millions at the age of 23
I believe that you guys Many people who are interested in and follow the art world must know about new artists that are worth keeping an eye on like ‘Pee Maggie – Chararat Saraaporn’ or ‘Mackcha (Mackcha)’ Character owner ‘Charlotte (Chalotte)’ who decided to leave the university To find myself Before stepping into the path of becoming a full-fledged artist today Column The Success: Learning to success by Dek-D I will tell you stories about my school days. Including the beginning of becoming an artist before being known. And having your own solo exhibition like today, what do you have to go through?
Life goals that are destined by the people around you
Going back to elementary school Pee Maggie studies at Krung Anusorn 200th Anniversary School, Maggie’s elementary school life was one of those children who did well in school, always achieving grade 4, and stillRepresenting the school in various skills competitions live regularly Including artistic skills is one of them. That makes Pee Maggie think that this is something that he is good at. But at that time, I didn’t have a dream of growing up to be an artist. I only know that I can draw well. As a child who always studied well Therefore, Brother Maggie is often expected from the family. Always attend good schools and universities.
During high school, I came to take the entrance exam. Triam Udom Suksa Pattanakarn School During that time, he began to have more interest in art. Until people around me suggested that I go study architecture. Because it is a line of work that uses drawing skills. And it is a stable job. At that time, who said what I was suitable to be? Brother Maggie chose to believe those people. and take their ideas as goals in life
When I entered high school, I decided to study the Arts-Mathematics line (English Program). The reason I didn’t choose to study the Science-Maths line. Because I don’t want to study too hard. And the architecture entrance exam in the admissions round also accepts students with other study plans. Just have to take the physics exam for 9 general subjects only. Pee Maggie therefore chose to study art and mathematics instead. and went to study additional physics subjects.
Throughout the 3 years of her high school life, Pee Maggie concentrated on studying and preparing for the entrance exam to the Faculty of Architecture. and didn’t try any other things because I thought this was my own way, whichFinally, he was able to enter the Faculty of Architecture. Department of Landscape Architecture Chulalongkorn University Got it as intended
Quit from university To find myself
Because of the time when I was studying for the architecture entrance exam. Pee Maggie did not search for detailed information. What does this faculty have to study? When the time came to actually study, I found that this was not what I had thought. Because the Faculty of Architecture You don’t just study to draw buildings. But you must learn about designing various structures. that is consistent with engineering principles as well And each branch has different design principles.
Although in the first year of study I performed well, Because I’m still learning about the basics, similar to when I was studying for exams. But when entering the 2nd year, various contents and principles That has more depth than before. I began to feel that this was not the path I wanted. and could not resist continuing to study Pee Maggie then asked a question.I reviewed myself many times. and found that he was walking on a path that he had not chosen for himself I just want to make my family proud. So I called my mother and talked about the problems and feelings that I had to face. which mother told Pee Maggie that Choose the path that makes you happy. Because mom will be happy too. That unlocked all the worries in Brother Maggie’s heart. Not long after thatDecided to quit university To come back and find what I truly want to do.
Pee Maggie has tried many things that she thought she would like. Whether it’s going to be a shoe store employee Hairdresser’s Assistant But after doing it for a short time, I felt like I didn’t have time to do the things I wanted to do. Like drawing and creating a YouTube channel which has been a hobby since studying architecture. Decided to return to Nakhon Sawan to practice painting myself. Until I felt that this was something I wanted to develop further. So I went to study and tutor to enter the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Chulalongkorn University Until it was successful again But in the end, he chose not to continue his studies. Because studying art is very expensive. As a result, the family is no longer able to send them to school. In addition, I have found a new goal in life, which is “to be an artist”.
The path of becoming an artist of ‘Mackcha’
As for the path to becoming an artist,Inspiration comes from the Korean series ‘Her Private Life’.When seeing the work of an artist’s career through each characterBrother Maggie also felt thatThis is the life you want. After that, he began to take himself more into the art world. Practice drawing on both the iPad and the canvas frame. Try and error by yourself. By using various skills obtained from tutoring for the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts entrance examination to apply to your own work, whether it be drawing, using light and shadow, looking at 3D images, etc., includingIf you want to know or want to develop any aspect further, you can watch clips on YouTube and learn by yourself.
Because I didn’t directly graduate from an art degree. This makes me less confident in my own work. Is the work created good enough? P’Maggie, at the age of 22, decided to enter an acrylic painting on canvas into the contest. In the White Canvas Thailand project of the Oriental Culture Organization from Japan in 2020 organized by the Palette Artspace gallery, the first contest submission was Pee Maggie.Received the “First Prize” and the picture was also put up for sale. At that time, the income was in the tens of thousands as well. That was like a passport to the art world. And it makes you more confident in your own skills. They also believe that I myself will be able to pursue a career as an artist. To be able to continue supporting myself
After winning the drawing contest, people began to contact and ask to buy the work. From pictures on canvas to NFT (Non-Fungible Token) works. The only digital asset in the world Cannot be duplicated or copied. Selling the work in NFT is another turning point that makes people know more about Pee Maggie.
In addition, in 2022 the project will be released.Pre-order limited time prints with the name of the collection ‘I FLOWER YOU’ The price is approximately 2,000 baht per piece. Open for sale within 48 hours, where more than 500 works can be sold. This has made Pee Maggie earn millions in income since she was 23 years old.whichHis work is outstanding enough to make people remember his pen name.‘Mackcha’ Yes, that’s the character. ‘Charlotte (Chalotte)’ there
The birth of Charlotte girl
Charlotte (Chalotte) girl with short curly white hair Dull blue eyes who comes from the sea was drawn by chance Just because Pee Maggie saw other artists. on social media Set your profile picture to be your own drawing.Want to have a unique picture? It’s your own line. When people see it, they will think of Mackcha. But when I started drawing the first version of Charlotte, I felt like I really like this character. Because he was able to convey the story he wanted to tell well, he tried to redraw, change poses, shapes, and develop his work over time.
Most people are probably used to Pee Maggie smiling and cheerful. Charlotte therefore represents Pee Maggie in another universe. He was a child with a calm face, no smile, no brightness. Because the brightness has been expressed through the artist, so what remains in Charlotte is solemnity and sadness. And the choice of Charlotte to come from the sea is because The underwater world is complex and mysterious, something that humans cannot fully understand. Just like sometimes I still don’t understand myself from many angles, so I feel like The diversity and mystery of the sea tell a lot about Maggie.
First solo exhibition at the age of 24
In just 2 years after stepping into the art world As a full-time artist People began to know and pay more attention to Mackcha’s work untilFinally had his first solo exhibition at just 24 years old. It is considered to be a dream image that Pee Maggie has drawn since she decided to become an artist. This exhibition is called “Deep in Mind Sea” Held from 14 January – 28 February at RCB Galleria 4, 2nd floor, River City Bangkok, it was an event that gathered together paintings. and other work pieces that were created in the work andEven though it is a free event, But Pee Maggie also sells pieces that are displayed in exhibitions. Including other products produced Such as dolls, stickers, shirts, etc. which if calculated as the approximate value Pee Maggie can earn income worth millions of baht.
Even thoughDecided to resign from the Faculty of Architecture in the middle of school. butThe basic knowledge that Brother Maggie had learned, she would not let it go to waste.This exhibition has brought the knowledge I have studied in architecture to apply to my work. such as The exhibition space in each room is designed to have different moods and feelings. Let’s say that this zone wants the audience to feel sad.The structure within that space must be designed to have a Mood and Tone that can create that feeling for the audience. Most of the team are friends. who studied architecture, so he was able to design the interior of the exhibition As for Pee Maggie, she herself has basic knowledge in architecture. Therefore, that knowledge can be applied to exhibition design. and communicate with friends to understand
Create art that is useful to others.
Personally, Pee Maggie is a person who really likes ‘whales’ because whales are animals that are beneficial to the world. Just jumping into the water once can create oxygen for the world. That is the ultimate goal of P’Maggie’s life. I want the work I create to benefit others like whales. atCharlotte representing the seaIt was created because we wanted him to be a guide and make everyone feel love for the sea. and feel that the sea is a more part of our lives
I believe that you guys Anyone who has visited P’Maggie’s solo exhibition at the beginning of 2023, everyone can probably feel the intention. And the mass of feelings that the artists want to communicate through various works has already been mixed. For those who missed out this year, don’t be sad. Because Pee Maggie secretly whispered that In early 2024 there will definitely be an exhibition that will be a sequel to Deep in Mind Sea. In any case, please continue to wait and follow.
Images that you would like to see change in the Thai art industry
Pee MaggieI want the art world It can grow as far as the music industry. andNeed more personnel with specialized skills. For example, in the music industry, there are sound engineers, MV directors, etc. who have graduated in specific fields. Having true knowledge and understanding about that field, which is easy to actually work on. Therefore, the art industry needs people who are skilled in that field, such as 3D sculptors, gallery operators, and people who understand about Organize exhibitions, etc. to ensure smooth operation. and more efficient
so If there is education that supports a specific field People who graduate are people who are ready to work in that field.such as Overseas, there are specialized branches for people who want to be curators in museums. He will know how to store pictures. How to manage work How to preserve images If Thailand can get to that point Thailand’s art industry will grow And will definitely go further than before.
Some people think that the art industry in Thailand is difficult to grow and is not supported as it should be. But Pee Maggie sees that Nowadays, the art industry in Thailand is quite growing from before. Because Thai people are more interested in art. which is considered to open the door for people to know about art andOnce the door is opened, it cannot be closed. Because whenever we start to appreciate beauty We will be stuck with that forever. And it’s hard to stop doing that. Although in the future it may stagnate. But Pee Maggie believes that With the mind of a person who has consumed art, he will definitely want to continue using it.
Things that I want to go back and tell myself when I was in school
Pee Maggie feels that Even if you can actually go back and tell your past self. It probably won’t have any effect anyway. Because myself in the past and in the present think differently. Brother Maggie in the past chose to believe that. Because of many factors As a result, you have to choose to do that. Even if there were other opinions coming in, in the end I would still make the same decision. So So I chose to encourage myself. And tell them to do what they’re doing with the utmost happiness.
A message to the school-aged students of Dek-D.com
For students who are still confused about what course to study. Or what kind of work will you do after graduating? Pee Maggie believes that There is no principle that can make us sure that What should I study or work on?All of us humans can change our preferences. and needs at all times Maybe at that time we wanted to study this field because we liked it. But when you graduate and try to work for real, you may not like it anymore. In the end, what we have graduated from does not indicate that We must always have that profession.
As for the youngsters who are searching for themselves Try to list it out. What do you like to do? For example, like watching cartoons, like drawing, whether it’s a small passion, try to write it out as much as possible. After that giveAsk yourself and find the answer. What do we want to do most? After getting the answer, take action. But while you’re at it, don’t put pressure on yourself that it will be successful. If in the end it’s not We can always start over.
Sister Maggie’s story shows thatUntil I find myself And the path in life that is right for you is not easy. Sometimes there are many factors around us that may cause us to decide to walk in the wrong direction. But in the endIf you find a clear goal, you should do your best. And believe in yourself that you will be able to put yourself in a place of success.
The team would like to thank Pee Maggie Chararat Saraapan, the artist who owns the character Charlotte, who was honored to come and interview with Dek-D.com, as well as all those involved. for the information in this article as well. Thank you for the picture from: Facebook Mackcha