2009 - 2016
The series was started as a series of semester-end school assignment submissions for figure-drawing and figure-painting classes in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
It came to my observation, through conversations with people, that many feel stuck in situations because they had no choice - I find it strange because it seems to me that they had made a series of decisions to arrive at their current circumstances. I thought if only they realize they have made their choices, they will be in place.
Triptych: The Gallery I
Oil on Canvas
3 panels of 48.0" x 24.0"
An incident with a classmate had caused a sense of violation of values. The love for art turned into inspiration for the series The Gallery. The Gallery expresses what I value when I experience other artworks and fall in love with them.
Some works free the mind and/or end an emotional entrapment; some works spill into the realm of reality and some works, while appearing to be unpleasant, provoke the mind - they "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable".
The Gallery I had a clothed version but failed miserably and was discarded.
Clothed figures seem to describe an event limited to a certain time and age while the nude figures give a sense of timelessness.
The Gallery II
Oil on Canvas
24.0" x 40.0"
I was looking at the form for the abstract figure in Dali's Metamorphosis of Narcissus; and drawing a parallel between the form of the hand holding an egg and the thinker. The egg seemed to me to symbolize the potential of thought.