Work IN Progress
'Lost' as a topic of interest has been an on-going project for me - lost identity, lost knowledge, lost spaces, lost as found, lost narratives, the forgotten/displacement/invisible as lost.
Some 'lost' projects:
- Lost heritage (The Lost Peranakan Re-imagined -'Peranakan Whispers', 'Chukop', 'Ghost Embroidery', 'Light Conversation', 'Absent Bodies', Chinese But Not Chinese)
- Lost attention (on education, such as Pulling Grass, Breathing Space, nature-related works such as 'Secret Visibility', 'Transparent Voices', 'Ancient Equipoise', 'Expanding Stones', 'The Listener', collaborative project such as 'Got Your Name Or Not', Texting Red and Green). .
- Lost space ( The'Sungei Market Art Project', developed by The Artists Company, collaborative project such as the 'Terra Fermata' soil project ).
I have completed my practice-based research that focuses on lost materials/objects belonging to my culture (a hybridised community in Southeast Asia known as the Peranakans). I focus on ideas of absence, memories, and obsolescence through the reimagination and reinterpretation of these objects with the hope of continuing their legacies in our changing world. I believe that every material/ object we create, own, or use, inevitably reflect aspects of human thoughts, desires and aspirations. It is interesting to see how some materials/ objects have resisted change, or have been modified and shaped by changing attitudes and beliefs over time, while some have faded or are silently fading into the background.
'Expanding Stones' - In the process of constantly defacing the marks I am creating... ... isn't it interesting to see how obliterated marks, despite its ceasing presence, still exist in different forms. While new growths make their way through old piles of broken twigs and crinkled leaves .. what do we see?
Secret Visibility'- Some thoughts about where and how this series started.. It is often thought that our sense of self and being in the world is based on what's outside us, basically everything around us. I find it interesting that this idea of co-existence doesn't translate itself quite effectively when it comes to comprehending and understanding the 'world' around us. Our experience shapes what we see and know, and what we accept as knowledge, and we experience this most convincingly through ourselves and with ourselves. Ironically, this is when the 'world' disappears, and when we are left with a limited view, a cropped lens. This series plays on the idea of 'hidden nature', which I am attempting to translate both literally and metaphorically.