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To Mother

To Mother hopes to expound on the different expectations of parent-child relationship that may not necessarily coincide with reality. It hopes to delve into the grief and loneliness one encounters when their preconceived perception of any of these two labels clashed.

The series explores the several misconceived notions that motherhood may bring about; for it is the same type of motherhood that refuses to detach itself from the force fed idealism and punishes the parent when they go against the rigid and unforgiving system. Who can determine whether one is a good mother or otherwise? When a mother strays from being that perfect epitome of a caretaker, do we condemn them despite their tries?

To Mother also expounds on the transnatal and generational traumas that are passed down to the child, an intangible but significant consequences. As the collateral damage, who does the child then blame?

To Mother is a project that reveals the unwarranted pain that a child has inherited. Despite that, it celebrates the struggles and effort as a parent that tries to strive for the better. It brings forth the grief of wanting to be but not being able to be. To Mother is a project about healing; an effort to rewrite the emotional memory from a painful past full with ideals and expectations that were not met.

If tomorrow does not come, it would be alright. Things would be the way they were meant to be.

Quiet Pain: 38 // 42 explores the subject of passive suicide ideation, a state which occurs when a person is not actively seeking for ways to die, but expresses detachment from life, and experiences the desire for death to come quickly and naturally.

The photographs are part of an ongoing work that have been taken over a period of two months, whereby the photographer continually documents things, places and times in everyday life when she feels trapped between and belonging neither to the land of the living or the dead.

Jangka

Jangka explores the artist’s experience growing up in Singapore as a person of mixed ethnicities, and his experience navigating the expectations that come with each of his ethnic roots. An autoethnographic exploration, the project follows images that allude to moments in the artist’s life when he has felt that he has not lived up to the expectations of who he is expected to be as a Malay-Chinese Muslim person in Singapore, and confronts his repressed guilt towards these expectations.

Anotherplace

Anotherplace” is a collection of visually believable landscapes and spaces that seeks to draw the viewer into their own experiences of what is being viewed. The project hopes to invite one to reconsider the truthfulness of the representations and to offer a reminder in which we are increasingly putting control and desire to what we choose to see and believe.

Some Pictures of Representation

Some Pictures of Representation begins with an observation of the mechanical reproduction and fabrication of nature imagery on temporary public structures in Singapore. It seeks to understand the ways in which nature is represented and allowed to exist as simulacra in the world of human constructs. In studying nature in two-dimensional forms, it invites contemplation on our human nature to create controlled realities and how it affects our interaction with what we perceive as ‘natural’.