A Traveller’s Diary | Chang Fee Ming

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It is difficult to perceive figurative paintings of traditional Southeast Asia as part of the Singaporean contemporary art scene. Art-lovers collectively give the limelight to other art forms that have turned popular, such as brilliant conceptual…

Making A Memory | Esmond Loh

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Curatorial Statement Time is said to be boundless, with no beginning or end. Yet, the world bears testimony to the impact of time; wrinkled women scavenging for cardboard in a dustbin, or the middle-aged durian seller…

Romancing The Picturesque Edenic Tropics

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Singaporean Donna Ong’s fascination with tropical landscapes in relation to the era of colonization has led to her “Letters From The Forest (II)” and “The Forest Speaks Back (I)” sharing display space in the Singapore Art…

Artistic Songs of Tibetan Highlands

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“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?

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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

photography by Katariina Traeskelin STPI

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…