Artistic Songs of Tibetan Highlands

“The hills are alive with the sound of music With songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it…

What Makes Me?

Singapore’s multiculturalism birthed its arty Nanyang style. An example of which is Cheong Soo Pieng’s famous “Drying Salted Fish” – a splendid result of intricate line work akin to Chinese ink brush techniques on a pictorial…

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…

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…

Stirring The Leaves

In 1996, Singapore-born Simryn Gill’s “Forest”; a series of large black-and-white photographs that documents temporary installations in which she also ‘seeded’ a mangrove swamp, a beach and the garden of her family home; visually reversed the…