Singapore Art Museum Visit (Review)




Heman Chong

Calendars (2020-2096)

1001 offset prints with matte lamination

1001 picture calendars are put up in a grid form which covers the walls of the entire gallery space. The pictures on the calendars are old pictures of existing places in Singapore. However, the dates on the calendars are dates that have not come to pass, they are dates of the future.

Preliminary read: This artwork explores the idea of a fast changing society and country like Singapore and how the use of old pictures and the dates of the future questions how much Singapore will change by the time we reach the years on the calendar.

Secondary read: It does explores the rapid development of Singapore to the extend that a place once hold memories to you will eventually disappear. It also makes me question how do you measure time: through the dates that are fixed on a calendar, or how much a place changes?




Ringo Bunoan


Framed book pages, where endings of books from No Endings are being torn out and placed on a single shelve.

No Endings

Book Installation, where books placed facing up are being stacked up with the title of every book hidden so that the audience can only see the blank side of the books.

Preliminary read: Only the endings are being placed on the shelve, so it might be from the books that are stacked together. It probably means that the artist is placing an importance on the ending of every story: it doesn’t matter how you start a journey, or what happens in a journey, the ending is the one that will define your journey.

Secondary read: The endings were indeed torn out from the books that were stacked together. However after reading the description of the artwork this artwork makes me question: can stories be really squeezed into a single medium? Is the ending of every story a beginning of another story? Do stories really ever end? It is ironic how every ending is a new beginning.

Groovy Steps

This is a very very short video of a dance showing how excited I was for my first day of school. If you see me with an expressionless face now, it probably means that the excitement has died down.


Also, here‘s a link to my most memorable project that I did for 4D in the previous semester. For this project, we had to come up with 90 sequential pictures where the first and the last picture has to be a picture of ourselves sleeping.

Project 3: Ego


Colour wheel (from left to right, up to down):

  • Full colour wheel
  • Split complementary
  • Analogous (3)
  • Analogous (5)
  • Triad harmony
  • Tetrad harmony



Idea Development:

I felt that my ideas originally was a bit too flat so I decided to change some of the ideas to a different perspective while keeping to my original intention of the story.



Colour scheme:

These are the colour schemes used throughout this work. Each colour scheme was painted out in my sketchbook and the caption of all my pieces were written down in each category depending on the colour scheme that was used.




Artist Reference:

Inspired by illustrations created by these artists, I tried to do my own illustrations for this project as I felt that the visual aesthetics flows very well with the idea that I had- something simple and fun.





Project 2: Nursery Rhymes



Cobbler Cobbler Final

Cobbler Cobbler,

Mend my shoe.

Get it done by

Half past two!

Half past two

Is much too late.

Get it done by

Half past eight!

Inspired by collages done by Hannah Hoch, I decided to piece different body parts of men from different pictures and manipulated to form a totally new picture of a cobbler mending a shoe. The concept for this piece is to create a new image using the collage technique.



Little Miss Muffet Final

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet

Eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away

Inspired by the opening scene of a television series ‘Orphan Black‘, where the play of mirror image (balance and symmetry) is used. If the image is divided in half, there is a form of symmetry. The concept is to create a creepy approach to this poem by using the 3 symbols mentioned in the poem: Little Miss Muffet, spiders, curds & whey.


Jack and Jill Final Final

Jack and Jill

Went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down,

And broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after.

The concept of this piece is to experiment the position of pattern and symmetry while keeping to the line “Jack fell down and broke his crown”. Jack is seen holding on to the broken pieces of the crown from all sides. Many Jacks are placed in a circle creates a form of pattern and shape.


Old McDonald Final copy

Old Macdonald had a farm


And on that farm he had a cow,

E I E I O.

With a moo moo here,

And a moo moo there.

Here a moo moo,

There a moo moo,

Everywhere a moo moo.

Old Macdonald had a farm,

E I E I O.

Inspired also by Hannah Hoch, I replaced the animal’s head with a man’s head, and the man’s head with a cow’s head. I created a concept of a parallel world, where Old Macdonald is an animal who had a farm, where the animals were humans. The two animals at the left and right side of the image are symmetric to create a balance.

Project 2: Sequentially (Impossibilities of Being)

Inspired by performance artists such as Yang Eun Joo, what I wanted to do was to experience how it was like living with my head covered with a box and to also capture people’s reaction when they see me.

I went around town with my friend, who helped me to capture my journey, going about doing normal things like eating, walking along the streets, browsing books in the bookstore and taking the public transport. The images captured represents some reactions of the public like for example staring, pointing and laughing.

The 90 images are divided into 4 sections: eating, walking, reading and travelling. The images are taken in a sequence for each section and when put together they form a stop motion video.

Though this may seem like an easy task to do, what I realised was that it wasn’t that easy to go out in public wearing a box and it really took a lot of courage for me to do that. Although I hesitated at first, after going through this experience I realised that I really enjoyed it.


Project 1: A line is a dot that went for a walk

How do you express feelings using lines and dots?

Final presentation



Close ups





Favourite 3



Placing many short curvy lines together make me feel like many things are happening at the same time. It reminds me of how when we feel anxious, there are many thoughts running across our mind at the same time.



Seeing how the black paint starts to fade from left to right, it is similar to how we are always full of energy at the start of the day but by the end of the day, we’ll feel drained and exhausted.



This gives me the feeling of someone locked in a cell at a mental hospital where there is nothing else to make to do but to draw on the wall. The lines gives a feeling of both aggressive but at the same time it is repetitive, and to me this feels like something a person would draw if he/she is feeling disturbed.










Artist Reference

Sol Lewitt, born in Connecticut, Lived and studied in New Britain. His works included minimalism and conceptual art, which explores repetition and variations from a basic form or line. It is interesting to me that how even though his works are simple and minimalistic, he is able to use just lines and scribbles to create dynamics on a blank canvas from dark to light (Sol Lewitt, Scribbles). His wall drawing #879, Loppy Doopy, was also an influence on some of my works where I realised that curvy lines depending on how curved they are can also create an emotion.

Project 1b: Text and Image

Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Fire is powerful, and ice is also powerful enough to cause an effect. The theme of this poem is the argument of whether desire or hate will eventually be the cause of the destruction of the world. Frost is sure that the world is able to end because of desire, but is a little unsure about the possibility of hate being able to end the world. However, he ends the poem saying that hate is also powerful enough to cause an effect and doesn’t give a definite answer at the end of the poem.

What if Frost is suggesting that even though both elements, separately, can cause something to stir, but when both elements coexist, the world will surely be able to end in great destruction (given that the title is Fire and Ice, and not Fire or Ice)?

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What I aimed to do in this photo sequence was to meditate on the question above the images. ‘The world’ in this series is represented by a physical body, a living soul. ‘Desire’ is represented by red paint, and ‘hate’ is represented by black paint. What I personally felt was that desire alone, and hate alone is not able to destroy someone as much as when both elements come together. I explored the sequence of how someone’s mind or soul can be destroyed if both elements of desire and hate come together. The purpose of this series is to create a certain awareness of how when one is consumed by desire and hate, it can ultimately be the cause of his physical and mental destruction.


Project 1a: Curating Self



 What I wanted to show in these 3 images are little snippets of myself and the reason why I chose to take the pictures in my room is to show that I’m most comfortable and that I can be myself in my room. I may appear outgoing and active when I’m around my friends, but at the comfort of my home I’m reserved and enjoy having my alone time. I also love to work with my hands, and I aim to create art that is a reflection of myself.

Artist reference: Nan Goldin, Self Portrait in the Mirror

Nan Goldin’s self portrait in the mirror gave me a fresh perspective of how self portraits may not necessarily need to be seen as a physical body so I tried experimenting based on this for my last image.

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The object that is most significant to me is the first camera that I bought with the first internship pay I received. This camera is a symbol of achievement and triumph to me and whenever I look it at, it reminds me of the many obstacles I faced during my internship days and to be able to buy something that I’ve always yearn for with the money I earned with my blood and sweat is something special. After officially owning a camera for myself, the mere hobby of photography has steadily grown into a deeper passion. Even though I now have a second camera that I use more often, it cannot replace the feelings I have for this camera.

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I moved here when I was 3 and spent more than 15 years growing up in this little area by the sea. My kindergarten, primary and secondary schools were in this area so I guess you could say that I literally spent my childhood here. Every memory I could remember about my childhood, good or bad, revolved around this place and little did I know that those memories would be part of the reason of who I am today. Whenever I felt stressed or sad, looking out of the window from my house would bring me peace and I chose to photograph these views to relieve those memories of my childhood. Going back to this place for this assignment really gave me a very strong feeling of nostalgia and it has made me realise that truly this place is a place that I say is my home, my world.

Reflection: Through this project I was able to discover more about myself and how I really love to go out and take photographs of objects and sceneries. I was also able to realise the significance of the object that I chose because this was something that had never occurred in my mind until I was given this task of searching for an object that is significant to me. And lastly, through research and also the discovery of new artists like Nan Goldin, Jo Spence, Cindy Sherman, artists that we’ve learned about in class, gave me many fresh and new perspectives of how a self portrait can be experimented, and also how images that have a mixture of portraits and landscapes is also able to portray something with a strong message, and not just something visually appealing.


Final presentation displayed