Artworks, Installation, Large-scale, Schoolwork

Installation: Dark Matter

There are massive, dense voids between us, filled only by unknowing.

“Dark Matter” (A-level coursework), 240x620cm, Charcoal and cotton fibre, 2009

(Installation-drawing)

Artist’s statement: The title, “Dark Matter” refers to the mysterious matter that scientists postulate comprise most of our universe.  Like the dense unknowable substance of “Dark Matter”, people are elusive ideas in our heads that are constantly evolving and evade concrete definition, rendering full intimacy with another human being to be virtually impossible. These are the inevitable distances between us.

Probably the most intensive, insane, elusive work I have embarked on so far; its conceptualisation was chaotic , kudos to my indecisiveness. Charcoal became my medium of choice 4 months prior to submission after I fell in love with its expressive and organic nature while using it do do quick layouts drawings.

After many, many detours and happy accidents, it was completed in a flurry of two months amidst final year exams and tests.  I know I was terribly unsatisfied with the final products; NYAEP’s gallery show revived me and I slowly grew to love my baby.

“Dark Matter” placed Gold in this year’s Singapore Youth Festival Arts and Craft judging. If all goes as planned, it will be exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum in July, along with the work of Qixuan (http://tohellwithdancingletsdoart.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html) and the works of many other talented young individuals.

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2008, Artworks, Competition, Illustration, Schoolwork

Illustration: A Public Service Announcement…

An entry into the Central Narcotics Bureau’s Anti-Drug comic competition in 2008, which my art class encouraged us to participate in when I was 16. It won first place.

It’s quite heavily symbolized for a comic. The symbols are derived mostly from tarot cards and gaming cards, embedded with my early penchant for the gothic and macabre.

I took certain liberties with the tarot card symbolism, by introducing a non-existing “Life” card  in lieu of the tarot representative of life, the “Sun” Card (which would have been too esoteric, muddying the message of the comic). A pity the competition is held without use of the artist material that comes out of it for campaigns and such.

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