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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30cm X 17cm
Mixed Medium
In this piece, I was experimenting on the concept of frame transition, just like a flipbook animation
This piece of art was made to represent different types of meanings to different viewers, thus the title imagination.
In my eyes, I have 2 different ways of interpreting my work. Take note that this 2 pictures both contribute to the same meaning and the same concept and is taken as one artwork.
My first interpretation is, this is the lifestyle of two different people, birth to death. The one on the right shows a wild lifestyle, a person who is not brought up on the right values and who is not given the love and attention he or she needs.
The reverse side shows the total opposite, a person who is brought up with the values and given love and affection, but not spoilt.
The second interpretation the connections of fantasy elements fire, water, wind, fire, nature, ice, light and darkness.

Paper Landscapes

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Paper Landscapes




This is a design piece, which started from simply cutting pieces of paper into through the middle, but allowing it to remain intact. There is in fact no use of gule or any sort of adhesive and the colour of the paper is left in its orginal state. When unfolded, it reverts back to the original shape of the card.

Conceptually, it is a slightly complicated work. It  is based on a theme- The Unreadable Book, a design idea. When the pieces are collapsed, it forms a “puzzle book”, with a complicated binding. My interpretation of “Book” was the image of a book which produce three dimensional images, similar to poetry. These “images” also subjective, allowing space for interpretation that is not confined to the artist own concept.

Through my process, I found certain simlarities between my actions and those of man on the environment. It relvoves around the idea where we take what Mther Nature has given to us and change it to suit our needs and wants and when we are “done” with it, we return it in an irreversible state, useless and void , remnants and a shape totally deformed.

There are numerous possiblities to present this work. The first being in the one in the exhibition, another, the work will be hung from the ceiling and the last allowing the audince to interact with the work, placing it in which ever way he or she prefers. Each mode of presentation has its reasons relating to my interpretation.

Exhibited in 8Q Singapore

Singapore Art Museum, 8 Queen Street


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