Breaking Free

When I was in my teens I used to have recurring dreams of taking flight – literally. I would lift off the ground, soar through the air, doing mid-aerial somersaults. The freedom is boundless: I went…

Weight for Weightlessness | Pheng Guan Lee

To visually realise time and one’s psychological weight ultimately captures the essence of existence. What then, makes up the bulk of one’s existential burdens? What forms do the metaphysical take? How do drooping, heavy forces mould…

Xuan Paper In Prominence

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. And it was certainly the case for mainland Chinese Qiu Deshu: this Shanghai-based artist founded the Grass Painting Society in the late 1970s to advocate the much…

Finding Eden

The western world, through its former national allegiance to Christianity, has historically been obsessed with finding God’s original Garden of Eden. Those who believed that it is located geographically on Earth cited as evidence Genesis 2:8…

Stitched To Our Hearts

Over a decade ago, I popped into The Possum Shed in Westerway, Tasmania down under, en route to the Gordon River, to sample its famous Devonshire tea and spot a wild platypus or 2 frolicking in…

Never Say No To Home

While Monica Nixon’s current exhibition, “A Universal Truth”, at Barnadas Huang, peels away the layers of meaning defining a home by centering our focus on the physical terrain and buildings dotting her America, Indonesian Entang Wiharso…

Enlightening Play Of Light

The way nature plays with light never ceases to be amazing. A multi-hued rainbow that crests the skies after a heavy shower are a sight to behold, especially when it is harmoniously accompanied by a marginally…

Through Orphaned Eyes

We have all heard about the effects of China’s 1 child policy: in the culturally driven bid to have a son, daughters born are sometimes killed or, at best, anonymously abandoned in orphanages to face the…

Kaleidoscopic Landscapes | Surrealistic Paintings by Knakorn Kachacheewa

A gentleman in a charcoal grey suit stands against the sea and the cloudy sky, partly veiled by the rotund green apple. Undoubtedly, we are talking about “The Son of Man” (1964) by René Magritte, one…

Singapore Contemporary Artists: The Cut Above

If Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen’s winning the Grand Prize Award for Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, Singapore’s Lee Wen’s   nomination for the inaugural Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art (2015) and…