Mixed media installation
What is your ultimate goal in life? What is the most important? “Target Setting” explores our priorities, hopes and desires through a child’s act of play. A metaphorical and physical installation that was inspired by simple play objects and its artist’s Southeast Asian Chinese roots, the artwork encased the beauty of ephemeral mark making and data mapping.
Participants are encouraged to choose a target and aim at the bulls-eye by leaving a mark, thereby becoming joint creators.
About the Artwork:
“Target Setting” is a reflective artwork imbued with a sense of soul searching on my Singaporean Chinese roots. The name suggests a common term used in Singaporean schools to equip students with a sense of direction. I find the term and mindset prevalent in our culture, and as we age many of us continue to set “KPIs” (short for ‘Key Performance Index’) in our life. Using iconography, synonymous with current internet culture, the work is intentionally left unfinished, with an invitation to viewers to be partakers in creating the work. It explores the extent of play and also acts as a data mapping device, and as viewers aim to shoot at their “desired” goal, the icon ironically disappears with the mark making. The “softening” of violence, as represented with the candy-coloured water gun, further initiates conversations on our “trigger-happy” generation. The artwork is also a result of my exploration on alternative mediums, the discovery of a special mark making textile used for chinese calligraphy presented another possibility of exploring ephemeral art. As viewers of the artwork engage in discourses about playing with familiar objects, they find new meaning and reflect on the value of the notion of target setting and negotiate the value of process and result.
“Space: Captured” : A piece of explorative Installation art that investigates play and setting boundaries.missyrisc : November 4, 2014 3:18 am : visual art
Mixed media installation
600 cm x 600 cm x 200 cm
Space: Captured explores the act of immersive play and its response to boundaries. It is an interactive shelter that allows participants to negotiate the value of play and its implications. A metaphorical and physical space that was inspired by simple play objects, the artwork encapsulates how the intangible can create a sense of wonder.
Participants are encouraged to step into the artwork and interact with its elements, thereby becoming joint creators.
About the artwork:
Space: Captured encapsulates the journey in the dialectic exploration of the act of immersive play and the setting of boundaries/restrictions. An interactive medium for the beholder to negotiate the value of play and its implications, it allows visitors to contemplate the boundaries they set in order to play. The work also centers on the shift between the personal and public world and its relationship to immersive play. After being invited into the space to relive the act of play; one initiates an internal dialogue with regards to the boundaries set within our own jurisdiction.
Intentionally left incomplete and ever changing, the work emphasizes on the emancipated beholder as crucial to sustain the process nature of play. Play is also integral in the making of any form of art. The temporal residents “perform” inside the artwork, becomes part of the artwork, thereby becoming co-creators in providing a visual language. In this manner the artist is also stripped of coveted control and lets the beholder play in the artwork with self formulated boundaries. This “incompleteness” forms the framework by which uncertainty challenges the artist and opens up new possibilities. As residents of the artwork engage in discourses about play, they find new meaning and reflect on its value.
Hidden and Sought
Digital images, digital prints, cellophane, foam panels, acrylic rods, one metal cabinet
236 cm × 236 cm x 92 cm
Do you see faces? Are faces hidden or waiting to be sought? Are we tapping into the crevices of our cerebral cortex?
Pareidolia will invite us play again. Reignite the fire of our inner playground where we will communicate “face to face”.
It’s in us. All of us.
The seeking continues …
About the artwork:
“Hidden and Sought”- an installation art, is a culmination of my journey while discovering Pareidolia. A source of stimuli that dwells in our parietal lobe, pareidolia is within us since infancy. This artwork is also an interactive discussion via the social media instagram. In the course of the art making, friends of mine contributed to find “faces” in animate objects. The result of understanding pareidolia is thus a combination of primary and secondary research. While some of the contributors did not start out well in finding faces, eventually the stimulus was reignited. This is precisely the kind of message that I want to convey; that this is hidden within us and within our surroundings, it is up to us to seek it and have that retrieved.
Sometimes, when life throws us a couple of lemons, you start to question what are the important things in life.
I concluded my last semester in the local teachers’ college recently. That must be the most challenging time I had in my years of studying. It was more of a time constrain challenge than a content challenge. To complete the ridiculous amount of work within the stipulated time frame was almost suffocating.
All I could remember were days after days of waking up to checklists and hoping that I am good on my speed to complete milestones. Needless to say my Chinese New year holidays were totally consumed by school work.
In Singapore, education was never designed in a way that one can learn at their own speed. Apart from students with special needs, the bulk of us were either left behind, or forced to accelerate. As a result, we have a generation of “go getters” that can either be atrociously competitive, or extremely driven.
What resulted in our nation’s economic success is a huge residue of Singaporeans, whose only passion in life, are obtaining and garnering material comforts as it is arguably the only way they can get a satisfaction in life. Anybody who has been to Singapore will know of the term “Kiasu”, meaning the fear of losing.
In fact, I am housed in an extremely competitive environment. Sometimes it irks me when I am constantly being compared to others, at times peers would constantly compete with me, when my only concern is just to do my best and to enjoy the journey of my work.
If I were to leave Singapore one day, it is this very reason that would propel me. I am not saying that I am a person with small goals, what I am saying is that I am sick and tired of the fact that people here are more concerned with labels than actual satisfaction in life. John Dewey wrote that a well rounded experience is what makes humans satisfy an intrinsic need. A good quality of life, can then be measured by whether one’s experience is fully “experienced”.
So how does one experience fully when he/she is rushed into the journey?
It is without a doubt that in Singapore, our nation has learnt to rush through life all too fast. Worse off is the fact that people are labelled by their material or status tags.
Recently it dawned upon me that when the rubber hits the road, some people in my life are just too concerned with the race to bother. I realised that my comments or advice will never be good enough, simply because I am not a leader, holding on to a glamorous job or own an incredible amount of wealth. At the same time, I see other precious people coming forward to help, to support and to encourage. It is very easy to see your real friends when you are down and out.
So now that I am going to graduate, I kind of want to get rid of some baggages in my life. I want to remember the good stuff and move on. I am feeling a little sick of Singapore and some people now, but in a while I will be fine.