Number of works in series: 5
Medium: Charcoal on Paper
Dimensions: 104cm x 61cm
I am interested in commenting on thing, places and situations around me, especially those which deal with changes over time, history and space. This current series focuses on the rapid transformations which affect an individual such as myself. I have adopted the generic shape of an HDB block of flats as a symbolic element to convey this comment.
By re-rendering the images into simplified units whose latent contents can be amplified into issues of social significance, the abstract and minimal drawing somehow conceal much of what has happened throughout the years. The mundane is deconstructed; however, they have all undergone a timely process in doing so.
At the environment around us develops quickly into uniform structures, containing no history, and therefore no identifying characteristic, it creates problems for people like myself, who are continually searching to fit into a niche where we can live ourselves our own way. We are all individual - each one with our own identity; however, we are at the same time discouraged to be ourselves, and are instead offered pre-shaped forms which we must somehow fit in. We are either never at the right place at the right time or are simply not moving fast enough.
Why are we pushed into a system whereby we are forced to look only to the future, without having the time to reflect on what we have at present, to fully understand and appreciate the current moment?
How much restless energy is contained in each of these mundane forms, we do not know. I am waiting for the day when all around is silent, beautiful and still - a product finally completed and waiting only for its timely and overdue appreciation.
- Chua Chye Teck
- Curatorial Team
- Lucy Davis
Lee Weng Choy
Chong Tze Chien
Project Serial Number: 200015g