CHIA MEI XI
Nanyang Girls' High School
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2020
Deer
Styrofoam

Inspired by Picasso’s work on simplifying figures to their simplest, almost abstract form, I created this sinuous sculpture of interconnected twists and bends to highlight the graceful curves and features of a deer. Made using subtractive sculpting from a styrofoam block, this rewarding work pushed my visualisation skills to the next level.

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2020
Growth
Air Dry Clay

Life is a journey of growth - a continuous, never-ending spiral of learning, exploration  and this is what I hope to capture in this work. As we grow, are we able to keep an open mind, with the courage to take risks and to step into the unseeable unknown?

 

Through the process of making this sculpture, I too plunged into the unknown, failing, adapting and growing as I went along. Due to the weight of the wet clay, the sculpture collapsed several times, prompting me to experiment with many ways to uphold its structural integrity until I succeeded.

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2020
Light
Cyanotype prints on paper

I explored the effects of light in making a cyanotype by using a chandelier as the subject matter. Through the adjacent placement of positive and negative transparencies of the same sketch on the same type of paper, I hope to show the beautiful intersection of light and dark.

Despite the fact that one print is the negative of the other, both shine with their own beauty. Dare to push the limits, dare to try both ends of a spectrum, for both will give one astonishing result.   

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2020
Untitled
Cyanotype print on paper

This experimental piece of a rose was made with a triple exposure, which created an interesting, dream-like effect, where overlapping  parts shone significantly brighter than others. Mimicking the transient life cycle of plants, this work shows the ethereal lifetime of a flower that blooms beautifully within a short time span, shows off its beauty, then fades. Yet even as the flower fades, its beauty still remains in the minds of those who have seen it. 

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2020
Hope
Ink on paper

Even in the darkest of times, in the times when one can find no inspiration; in the times when one can find no guiding light in life, hope still exists. Taking root, the seeds of hope spread forth, giving off a radiance and unique beauty that is out of this world. 

Secondary 4
Deer 2020 Styrofoam

Inspired by Picasso’s work on simplifying figures to their simplest, almost abstract form, I created this sinuous sculpture of interconnected twists and bends to highlight the graceful curves and features of a deer. Made using subtractive sculpting from a styrofoam block, this rewarding work pushed my visualisation skills to the next level.