I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Ponnapa Prakkamakul is a painter and a landscape architect based in Massachusetts who explores the
painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and connect with her surrounding environment.
Through her work, she aims to gain a better understanding of cultural displacement and isolation issues as
an immigrant. Ponnapa holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of
Design where she received Lowthorpe Fellowship Award upon graduation. She is also a recipient of David
Bethuel Jamieson Artist of Color Residency & Fellowship at C-Scape Dune Shack in Provincetown,
Residence Lab’s artist-in-residence program at Pao Arts Center in Boston, and Manoog Family Artist
Residency program at the Plumbing Museum in Watertown with four paintings in the museum’s
permanent collection. Her work has also been exhibited in several galleries in the greater Boston area
including Fountain Street Gallery, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Boston Society of Architecture, the Gallery
at Brookline Art Center, Gallery 263, and Gallery Z. Additionally, Ponnapa’s hybrid digital drawings have
been published in the book Representing Landscapes by Nadia Amoroso, the international Journal
Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and featured on the cover of the international peer-reviewed design
magazine Topos. Her website: www.pprakkamakul.wixsite.com/pnnp