Mary Pakinee: Garden in The Desert



08 January 2022 - 05 February 2022
A+ Works of Art

A+ WORKS of ART is pleased to present Garden in the Desert, a solo exhibition by Mary Pakinee (@marypakinee), exploring one’s personal relationship to the institution of marriage.


As a young child who grew up with soap operas, You will often hear, “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.”

That sentence led you to believe that ‘Weddings’ and the act of becoming a bride are constructed to represent an ideal life that has already been accomplished. Then you’ll mould your thoughts around weddings and marriages, which are used to emphasize the relationship. You believe it will always be this beautiful and incredible.

But little pieces of you get chipped away by another person. So small you did not notice. You shave minor parts of yourself away so that you will fit together. And then one day you look up and realize, you do not even know who you are anymore. As if you awoke to find yourself transformed into a plant in the middle of a desert. You are not even sure that you are still alive or you have shrivelled up and died.

—Mary Pakinee, Artist, 2021

Mary Pakinee: Garden in The Desert

Mary Pakinee: Garden in The Desert

08 January 2022 - 05 February 2022
A+ Works of Art

A+ WORKS of ART is pleased to present Garden in the Desert, a solo exhibition by Mary Pakinee (@marypakinee), exploring one’s personal relationship to the institution of marriage.


As a young child who grew up with soap operas, You will often hear, “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.”

That sentence led you to believe that ‘Weddings’ and the act of becoming a bride are constructed to represent an ideal life that has already been accomplished. Then you’ll mould your thoughts around weddings and marriages, which are used to emphasize the relationship. You believe it will always be this beautiful and incredible.

But little pieces of you get chipped away by another person. So small you did not notice. You shave minor parts of yourself away so that you will fit together. And then one day you look up and realize, you do not even know who you are anymore. As if you awoke to find yourself transformed into a plant in the middle of a desert. You are not even sure that you are still alive or you have shrivelled up and died.

—Mary Pakinee, Artist, 2021

Mary Pakinee: Garden in The Desert