Mechanical Satisfaction- Actually Really Simple

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Mechanical Satisfaction- Actually Really Simple

160cm x 10cm

Aluminium Plate


The work revolves around the theme of “Scientific Drawing”. When the theme was given a sentence that my cousin told me about gave me inspiration to do this work. The sentence, though complex, simply meant “Please speak clearly and simply”, which was an oxymoron. In this work, a complexly worded sentence of a simple instruction was embossed onto an aluminium plate. The meaning of the instruction was to simply draw a circle.

I started by questioning what made up the components of a “scientific drawing” and how this idea could be further pushed through the different methods of presentation. Does the work, when done on metal, give any feeling of an experiment to the viewer? Does the complexity of the sentence embossed on the plate confuse the audience as much as some scientific instructions? Similarly, in science simple requirements are given complex instructions and end up confusing the reader.

At first glance, it seems just like a normal plate of metal. This for me is a way to draw audiences to observe in greater detail the instructions on the plate. Instead of making a literal drawing, I wanted the responses of my audience to see which one they interpreted my work as, the instructions and the intangible, or the visual and the presentation.

Exhibited in 8Q  SAM (SIngapore Art Museum)
Given to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Token of Appreciation – School of The Arts Offical Opening Ceremony (15 July 2011)

8 Queen Street


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