Acrylic on Canvas
“Human activities and urbanisation have interfered with nature but we do not take responsibility for it. Mother Nature has to take this in her own hands, to respond to our selfishness and ignorance, she lets the rising sea levels engulf cities of concrete to reclaim what was hers. Humans do not stand a chance against Mother Nature unless we succumb to her forces.”
Inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa (by Hokusai), this work displays a similar theme of the insignificance of man against nature. The paper boat, a man-made item, symbolises humans. It sails against the tidal waves, going against the order of nature, but will only suffer the inevitable fate of sinking one day. The dark sunset in the background symbolises the imminent peril of the human civilisation if we continue to go against nature.
Air Dry Clay
“People age constantly, but our mental age differs. The purity and playfulness of our childhoods, in my opinion, is the most precious but hardest to retain. Rabbits are often associated with mischief in folklore but maturity in more modern contexts. Mr. Hare is a mischievous human-rabbit fusion who has the juvenile nature of a child but can also be mature.”
This work reflects my belief in the importance of being youthful at heart and those who feel younger are typically more psychologically resilient. It is okay to let loose and be playful and not act our age at times. Mr. Hare is designed with exaggerated features such as long ears and big eyes on a humanoid skeleton, like a caricature to create a comic yet uncanny effect.