Nature and Human Interference
Dress made out of burnt newspaper
Humans often interfere with nature and in the process destroy it. Over the years, many forests have been cleared to make way for urban infrastructure, only to be abandoned in time. Mother Nature reclaims these lands but some are beyond salvageable.
Inspired by the Amazon Rainforest fires, my work is an examination of the irreversible effects of human interference with mother nature. I used burnt newspapers as a visual representation of deforestation caused by forest fires, experimenting with rolled newspapers branched out to create a hollow feeling, enhancing the sense of loss of rich biodiversity due to humankind’s destruction.
I’m drowning but I’ll still help
Acrylic on Canvas
This artwork is a self portrait. It conveys my dilemmas in weighing the importance of others before self, and my slight feelings of bemusement and indignation when I help others while I myself am not exactly thriving.
Experimenting with an unusual perspective from underwater, my artwork is dominantly the hue of dark bold turquoise, emphasising how the sea seems intimidating and foreign, in hopes of evoking emotions of fear and panic. The girl is depicted reaching out to help others, backed up by the bright blue light that signifies healing, but could this also be her silent plea for help?
Acrylic on Paper
Reflection - throwing back a body of light without absorbing it. Society is similar to reflections, unaccepting and critical, unable to celebrate differences. Societal expectations have caused many people to conform to its norms, forcing them to alter their appearance in order to blend into the crowd, in fears of standing out and facing discrimination or mockery.
My work explores the inner mind of an insecure person. The strewn hair and troubled expression connotes frustration, while the green drips represent jealousy and mental health deterioration. I experimented with torn paper art to exacerbate the torn pride and self-esteem due to insecurities.
Acrylic on Paper
Paper is folded into various shapes and sizes. It is completely at the mercy of the folders’ hands to mould into their ideal outcome. Yet these folds often leave permanent creases.
My artwork explores how children of this generation have no control over their lives — their future, career, passions etc. — as their parents, social media and society moulds them into the ideal, ignoring all the damage (paper creases from folding) that could lead to long-term detrimental effects. The implementation of one-point perspective was to emphasise the disappearance of a child’s exuberance after being “folded”.
Air Dry Clay
This artwork is a portrayal of self. In my attempt to incorporate elements of realism into abstraction, I used various synectics methods in my sculpting process, namely metamorphosis, symbolism, hybridisation and fragmentation. The rose elements symbolise the strong and perfect facade I put on; the thorns that go unnoticed represent my hardships and struggles often overlooked. The tiny figure trapped in a cage of thorns is me, in captivity of my inner mind, self-isolated, and the source of self-destruction portrayed by the melting.The other elements were positioned to metamorphosize into various facial features, ultimately making up an allegorical self portrait.