This piece was inspired by the most frequent mode of commute – the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). Apart from public buses, the MRT is pretty much the most convenient and accessible mode of transport for most Singaporeans. I used to dislike taking the MRT because I tend to not get a seat especially during long rides. However ever since I entered NTU, I did not have much of a choice but to take the MRT as it is the most inexpensive and convenient mode of transport. As I live in Tampines, it takes me around 1.5 to 2 hours to get home. I used to be on my phone throughout the entire ride but as time passes, I grew to enjoy looking out of the windows as the train whizzes past one station after another. The use of repetition of circles and triangles is reflective of the different buildings and individuals scattered around when being viewed through the windows. Scattered and blurred, it made realise that living in a fast paced society, we have lost the value of living in the moment because life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it. Hence, through this piece, I hope to convey the idea of taking pauses amidst the chaos.
Inspired by Piet Mondrian, this is my name created using De Stijl theory!
Generation gap is a prevalent issue that has not been addressed and resolved in Singapore where there is a growing disconnect between the younger and older generation largely due to the lack of understanding of dialects. Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, Hainanese and many more dialects are the primary language of the older generation. However with globalisation, there has been a dying trend in dialect amongst the younger generation where there is general perception that there is no economic value in learning dialects.
This collage was created as a tribute to the dying trend of dialect in Singapore. Despite the lack of conversational skills in dialect, I am sure the younger generation are familiar with the phrases included in the piece. Most of the phrases such as ‘mai paiseh’ which translates to ‘don’t be shy’, ‘buay pai leh’ which translates to ‘not bad leh’ are common phrases that are still being said. Hence, it will be great if the younger generations put in greater effort in learning their respective dialects, bridging the gap between the older generation.
William Morris (1834 – 1896)
Amongst William Morris’s work, I took interest in a piece titled Acorn, 1879. It is a formalised pattern of acorns, oak leaves, flowers and leaves.
I believe that this piece would work well as a wallpaper print in the homes of Singapore with the tropical elements. Besides, the subdue, neutral palette would provide an elegant touch or finishing to the house without having to come off as overwhelming.
Here’s an example of the acorn print as wallpaper.
This is my cubist portrait drawing of JJ which I think I think is a failed attempt.